Friday, January 28, 2011

New plant: Oncidium

At the last meeting of the EPOS, just before I was about to leave, Abraham Marais very generously gave me a spectacular Oncidium sphacelatum. I immediately forgot the particular species/hybrid name [Edit: I found out!], but will find out. Anyway, here are some pictures of it in its new home and a closeup of one of the flowers.

New Oncidium sphacelatum dominating the OOAB collection.
Part of one of the long racemes of flowers.
Close up of one of the flowers.
Oncidium is a fairly large genus of some 330 species, native to Central and South America, with a few species extending into the Southern USA. A fairly comprehensive guide to suggested culture of this group can be found here.