Rudolfiella picta (Schltr.) Hoehne 1956

Photo by Vipepeo and the Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part shade Hot to Warm Summer

Common Name The Painted Rudolfiella

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3.1 cm]

Found from Colombia to Ecuador as a medium sized hot to warm growing epiphyte in wet tropical forests at altitudes of 200 to 500 meters with close set, ovoid, longitudinally sulcate pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, erect, plicate, narrowly elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate, mottled base leaf that blooms in the summer on a lateral to pendant, very lax, several flowered inflorescence with successive opening flowers

If given ample water while growing and less after flowering, until new growth appears as well as moderate shade the plant should respond by blooming well.

Synonyms Bifrenaria picta (Schltr.) C. Schweinf. 1944; *Lindleyella picta Schltr. 1924; Rudolfiella picta (Schltr.) L.O. Williams 1956; Schlechterella picta (Schltr.) Hoehne 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:173 Schlechter 1924 as Lindleyella picta; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Bifrenaria picta; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 #2051 Dodson 2004 photo as R floribunda fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 #2052 Dodson 2004 photo not = Rod saxicola; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 1 2004 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide;