!Rhynchostele pygmaea (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1852

Photo by © Rodolfo Hernandez

Full shade ColdWinter Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Dwarf Rhynchostele

Flower Size .35" [.8 cm]

Found in Mexico and Guatemala in evergreen cloud forests at elevations of 2300 to 3100 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with clustered, ellipsoid, slightly compressed laterally pseudobulbs enveloped basally by papery sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ensiform, acute-acuminate, dark green, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an axillary, 3" [7.5 cm] long, racemose, slightly compressed, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Leochilus pygmaeus (Lindl.) Benth. & Hook.f. ex B.D.Jacks. 1895; *Odontoglossum pygmaeum Lindl. 1841; Oncidium pygmaeum (Lindl.) Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Leochilus pygmaeus; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 8(2) Hagsater 1982 as Odontoglossum pygmaeum drawing/photo fide; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; * Orquídea (Méx.) 13(1-2): 150 Soto, Salazar y Rojas 1993; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 to 6 Plate 657 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #9 2014 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide