Oncidium flexuosum : Orchid Species InformationGenus name : Oncidium
Species : flexuosum
A large cool growing species from Brazil and Argentina. Due to the climbing habit of this plant, it is best grown on a cork slab or tree fern mount. It quickly grows into a specimen sized plant and is a stunning sight with several 3í branched, arching spikes in flower, each spike capable of carrying 100 or more 1Ē flowers.
The flowers are buttercup yellow with a minimum of chestnut markings in the centre. Usually, each bulb produces more than one inflorescence at a time. High humidity is essential for this plant as it prefers to have itís roots in the air, only sufficient roots necessary to keep it on itís support come in contact with the mount. When happy, this plant produces a wealth of roots hanging in the air. A dry rest is required in the winter, only giving enough water to prevent the worst of shrivelling to the bulbs. High light is also essential, too much shade and the plant will start to decline, bulbs becoming smaller, as will inflorescences. Flowering takes place around autumn to early winter, having spent most of the summer forming its tall and floriferous spikes. The long lasting flowers are ideal for cutting.
Specific Epithet : Winding. Referring to the winding, arching inflorescence.
Photo of Oncidium flexuosum