Trichocentrum tigrinum Linden & Rchb.f 1869 SECTION Saccatae Senghas

Photo by Eric Hunt

Plant and Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Tiger-Like Trichocentrum

Flower Size 1.6 to 2 1/4" [4 to 6 cm]

A warm to hot growing, miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte, from Ecuador and northern Peru in seasonally dry forests on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations of sea level to 700 meters, with elliptic, obtuse, stiffly coriaceous, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate base leaves with a basal, tubular, scarious bract that requires a wet spring and dryer winter rest to set the buds, occuring in the spring and summer on a short to 3" [7.5 cm] long, lateral, laxly pendant, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with acute, lanceolate bracts and carrying fragrant lily of the valley scented flowers. It also likes to have bright light if not some direct sun.

Synonyms Trichocentrum tigrinum var. splendens Linden & Barb. Rodr. 1885

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 1 1959 as Oncidium tiginum var splendens drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 343 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 11 1986 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 391 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 60 #2 1996 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 3 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 #4 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 21 #2 Cetzal-Ix Carnevalli and Romero-Gonzalez 2016 Synopsis of the Trichocentrum Clade;