The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Odonthoglossum

Family: Orchidaceae.

Odonthoglossum Genus of about 200 species of evergreen, epiphytic or lithiphytic, rhizomatous orchids from mountainous regions, in Central and South America. They produce ovoid or oblong-ellipsoid to conical pseudobulbs, each with 1-3 variably shaped, thinly leathery, mid-green leaves at the tip. Flowers are borne in tall or short, erect or arching racemes or panicles arising from the bases of the pseudobulbs.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Cool-growing orchids. Grow in small pots of epiphytic orchid potting mix. Avoid direct sun except for very early or late in the day. Day Temperature 70° - 80° F, Night Temperature 55° F. Water freely all year, sparingly in winter. Misting is necessary once or twice a day. Divide when the plant fills the pot.
Odontoglossum aspidorrhinum
Small growing species from Colombia - blooms when only 8" high. Very rare in collections & hard to come by. Grows on the cool side with moderate light. Odontoglossum aspidorrhinum
Odontoglossum constrictum
Another small growing species from Colombia - blooms in 2Ѕ" pots producing a long spike with many delicate flowers. Grows on the cool side with moderate light. Odontoglossum constrictum
Odontoglossum hollii-elegans
Another species from Colombia - blooms on an arching spike with large, bronze/yellow flowers. Rare and hard to come by. Grows on the cool side with moderate light. Odontoglossum hollii-elegans
Odontoglossum kageljanii
A compact grower from Colombia. Beautiful chocolate spots on a canary yellow background makes for a dramatic statement. Likes it cool with moderate light. Odontoglossum kageljanii
Odontoglossum mirandum
Another compact grower from Colombia. Beautiful bronze and yellow paterning is enhanced by the spicy aromatic fragrance. Likes it cool with moderate light. Odontoglossum mirandum
Odontoglossum retusum
Another odontoglossum from Colombia. Beautiful, bright orange flowers are presented on long, wispy spikes. Flowers are long lived, staying in bloom for months. . Likes it cool with moderate light. Odontoglossum retusum
Odontoglossum wyattianum
Another compact grower from Colombia. Beautiful bronze and purple flowers. Likes it cool with moderate light. Odontoglossum wyattianum

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