Ornithocephalus polyodon

Ornithocephalus polyodon 
Ornithocephalus polyodon

Ornithocephalus polyodon                                                                                                                                                photo C. Solimbergo
taxonomy described by Reichenbach, Heinrich Gustav
  published in      Linnaea  41 : 33    1876
  family  Orchidaceae
  subfamily Epidendroideae
  tribe Cymbidieae
  subtribe Oncidiinae
  genus Ornithocephalus  Hooker 1824
  metabolism CAM pathway, stomata of the leaves are open at night.   
    (K.Silvera, L.S. Santiago, J.C. Cushman, K. Winter - International Symposium on Plant Biology, August 2013)
    it is useful give the soluble mineal nutriens, on the roots.
native of origins Ecuador (EL Oro), Peru (Loreto, Maynas, San Martin, Mariscal Laceres), Brazil
  altitude  122 - 1000 m  (403 - 3300 ft)

climate informations from Iquitos (Loreto, Peru)


Köppen climate classification : Af, humid tropical climate of the rainforest


(without a winter season, more and abundant rainfall)


the weather station data (temperatures are calculated for an altitude of 560 m / 1850 ft) :

    Ornithocephalus polyodon b gr uk
  photoperiod in Iquitos this orchid blooms with a photoperiod, which varies during the year, from 12 h 14 m' to 11 h 46 m'
  life form epiphyte
  brightness    partial shade to low
inflorescence      length 4 cm (1.6"), axillary
  nr flowers 8 - 10
  size single flower  0,4 L 0,2 cm  (0.16" L 0.08") - inflorescence  4 L 1 cm  (1.6" L 0.4")
  duration inflorescence ≈ 40 - 50 days
  time to bloom from birth, ≈ 50 days  
CITES appendix II


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