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Lophiaris lindeni 'MC1985' × self
Number: TN4186
Name: Lophiaris lindeni 'MC1985' × self
(Also commonly known as Oncidium lindenii)
  We don't currently have a photo of the parent plant, but click here to see a photo of the same species. According to the seed donor, this flower on a different plant of another owner (Glen Ladnier) shows the same size (roughly 3/4 inches), shape, and general coloration, although the donor's flower is slightly less yellow and somewhat darker brown. The lip is identical.
Type: self    (What's that?)
Seed Donor: Douglas Harris  (Email:
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Culture Notes from Donor: Parent plant: Temperature range W (70-90°F)
Comments: Parent plant: Oncidium lindenii has miniature flowers with an insect-like appearance. The lip is very dark and shiny, almost blue-black, giving it the appearance of abdominal section of insect. The species was featured in a 2002 Orchids magazine picture. The leaves on the plant are a small mule-ear type, with lengths no more than 8 to 10 inches. Inflorescences developed in the spring, and bloomed until September. Branching also occurred as the lengths reached 12-14 inches. Medium-sized plant.
For additional origin/habitat information supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker, see further below, near the bottom of this page.

Temperatures we attempt to use in the lab & greenhouse:
For Species:   Spring, Summer, Autumn: days average 90°F, nights 71°F; best fit is Warm 90-70°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)
For Species:   Winter: days average 82°F, nights 61°F; best fit is Intermediate 83-60°F (Source: Baker's Web OSC)

About the name...
Etymology of lindeni   Named for Jean Linden (1817-1898), renowned Belgian plant collector, traveled South America, later owner of an orchid nursery in Ghent, Belgium. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Etymology of Lophiaris   From Latin "lophos" helmet-brush. Reffering to the crested lip-callus of the type species. (Source: Mayr & Schmucker 1998)
Pronunciation of lindeni   LIN-den-eye (Source: Hawkes 1978)
Pronunciation of Lophiaris   loe-fee-AH-ris (Source: Hawkes 1978)
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Availability: Capsule failed. We were not able to make any flasks.
You should: Consider placing a "Notify Retries" Request, and if an identical pollination (the same parents) is done again, we'll let you know.
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The origin/habitat information below is supplied courtesy of Charles and Margaret Baker

The following information is based on the name of the plant provided by the donor, and assumes that the name is correct. If the plant has been misidentified, then the following information may not be correct.
This text is copyrighted by the Bakers and may not be reproduced without permission.

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. This epiphytic, "mule-eared" species is found in southeastern Mexico in the low-lying regions of the states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz, and Yucatán with distribution reported near Tuxtepec in extreme northeastern Oaxaca and extending southward into Belize and Honduras. In Belize, plants are rare but are occasionally found in riverine forests in the Cayo District, an area of heavy rainfall in southwestern Belize that generally lies more than 1000 ft. (300 m) above sea level. Details of the habitat in Honduras were not found. These plants have also been reported from western Mexico in the states of Michoacán and Nayarit; but McVaugh, quoting from a 1974 Jean M. de Lapiner article in Orquidea (Méx.) 4:207, indicated that the plants reported from western Mexico were probably Oncidium oestlundianum L. O. Williams, which has flowers that are very similarly colored.
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