Trichocentrum pfavii Rchb. f. 1881 SECTION Saccatae Senghas Photo by © Stéphane Hebler.

Flower Closeup Photo by © Milan Vágner.

Deep shade Warmto Hot Fall to Spring

Common Name Pfau's Trichocentrum [Swiss Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/4" to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in tropical rain forests as a minniature sized, warm to hot growing epiphyte at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters, with a minute pseudobulb carrying a single, apical, fleshy, elliptic-oblong, subacute leaf that is basally conduplicate that blooms in the fall to early spring on a lateral, suberect, to 2" [5 cm] long, single to rarely 2 flowered inflorescence enveloped by bracts that is shorter than the leaves. This miniature orchid is best mounted on wood, tree fern, or cork to accomodate the pendant growth habit as well as the short inflorescence. Give them shade high humidity and fertilizer while growing to ensure a good blooming.

Synonyms Trichocentrum pfavii var. album Henderson ex Pupulin 1995; Trichocentrum pfavii var. zonale Rchb. f. 1883; Trichocentrum saundersianum Endres & Rchb. f. ex Pupulin 1995; Trichocentrum saundersii Endres & Rchb. f. ex Pupulin 1995; Trichocentrum zonale Rchb. f. 1995

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 62. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 3 1963 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1496 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 3 2000 photo; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005 Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;