Trichocentrum obcordilabium Pupulin 1998 SECTION Trichocentrum

TYPE photo Photos by Pupulin The Ecuagenera Website

Drawing Photo by Franco Pupulin and The Epidendra Website

Full shade CoolWinter

Common Name The Reverse Heart Shaped Lip Trichocentrum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador in submontane rainforests at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with nearly obsolescent pseudobulbs enveloped by 2 to 3 papyraeous sheaths and carrying a single, fleshy, green, ellliptic to elliptic-oblong, sessile, retuse leaf that blooms in the winter on a terete, 1" [2.5 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts and campanulate flowers

This species is part of the T pulchrum group which includes T longicalcaratum, T pulchrum, T viridulum and T loyalicum but differs in the 4 keels of the obcordate lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Novon 8(3): 283, f. 1. 1998 Pupulin drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 #3 2000 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 21 #2 Cetzal-Ix Carnevalli and Romero-Gonzalez 2016 Synopsis of the Trichocentrum Clade;