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Orchid Species: Tolumnia henekenii

(This name is currently accepted by Kew.)

Tolumnia henekenii is an orchid species identified by (M.R.Schomb. ex Lindl.) Nir in 1994.
Tolumnia (Tolu.)
(name currently accepted by Kew)
(M.R.Schomb. ex Lindl.) Nir
ORIGIN: This is a monotypic, minature, hot to warm growing epiphyte from Haiti and the Dominican Republic that is found in dry brush and cacti in very dry subtropical forests.

DESCRIPTION: With a thin creepimg rhizome, and very short, leafy stems carrying distichous, bilaterally compressed, falcate, elliptic-lanceolate, acute leaves with erose-denticulate margins that blooms on an axillary, racemose, erect-arcuate, to 12 +[to 30 cm +] long, fractiflex, laxly few flowered inflorescence with triangular-lanceolate, acute bracts occurring in late winter through the summer. The inflorescence in this species puts out successive [around 15] flowers over many months and actually increases in length after each old flower has dropped, then making another, so don't remove inflorescence unless you are sure there are no more buds coming. This species is an imitator, as the flowers have a definite insect look to them [it actually appears more as a spider to us but to a male bee it has a female appearance, or so we assume], hence it's common name the Bee Orchid. Mounting this species on a small stick and keeping in a bright location with a daily light misting but not much water as the plant likes to stay dry.

FLOWER SIZE: 3/4 inch [2 cm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Hispaniella His henekenii 1980 (M.R.Schomb. ex Lindl.) Braem
Add+ Oncidium Onc henekenii 1855 M.R.Schomb. ex Lindl.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Onc. henekenii 'Tsunami' (2 awards in 1986) Onc. henekenii 'Mona' (2 awards in 1971) Onc. henekenii 'Mark Dimmitt' (1995) Onc. henekenii 'Jeanne' (1983) Onc. henekenii 'Beepaw' (1980) Onc. henekenii 'Ronnie' (1978) Onc. henekenii 'Toy' (1970)
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