Tolumnia variegata (Sw.) Braem 1986

Side View Of Flower

Photo by Milan Vagner


Photo by Jay Pfahl

Floral Close-up

Photo by Dale Borders

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Common Name The Variegated Oncidium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands as an miniature sized,equitant, creeping, epiphyt found in dry scrub, woods or on fence posts from sealevel to 700 meters with very short, erect stems enveloped by 4 to 10, imbricate, disitichous, fleshy to coriaceous, bilaterally flattened, channeled on the upper side, linear to elliptic-lanceolate, falcate, acute to acuminate, serrulate leaves that blooms on an erect, simple or branched, to 32" [to 80 cm] long, laxly few flowered inflorescence that has lanceolate, acute bracts and has new branches and flowers appearing after the first blooms all occuring in the spring, summer and fall with 1", long-lasting flowers. I have the best luck mounting these miniature beauties to small branches, giving them medium light and plenty of air circulation.

Synonyms Cymbidium variegatum (Sw.) Sw. 1799; Epidendrum carinatum Vahl 1793; Epidendrum haseltonianum A.D.Hawkes 1957; *Epidendrum variegatum Sw. 1788; Oncidium furcyense Moir 1969; Oncidium variegatum [Sw.]Willd. 1800; Oncidium variegatum f. furcyense (Moir) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum f. roseum (Moir & A.D.Hawkes) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum f. varvelum (Moir) Withner 1980; Oncidium variegatum var. purpureum Moir & A.D.Hawkes 1968; Oncidium variegatum var. roseum Moir & A.D.Hawkes 1968; Oncidium varvelum Moir 1972; Tolumnia borinquensis Salueda & Ragan 1966

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Oncidium variegatum; Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Vol 1 Ames 1905 as Oncidium variegatum drawing fide; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Oncidium variegatum; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium variegatum drawing good; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Oncidium variegatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 as Oncidium variegatum not = T bahamensis; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium variegatum; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 3 1980 photo fideas Oncidium variegatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 3 1985 as Oncidium variegatum; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 10 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 2 1995 photo fide; An Orchid Flora of Peurto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 as T boriqnquinensis drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #4 1996 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillaneae Nir 2000; Moscosoa 13:122 2002 ; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 7 2003 photo fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Laramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #6 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #8 2011 photo fide; Orchideen Series C Band 74 Thiv & Worz 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #8 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #4 2017 photo fide;