Mule Ear Orchid Oncidium splendidum


Because of its thick, fleshy, succulent looking leaves, Oncidium splendidum A. Rich. ex Duch. 1862 is considered as a Mule Ear Orchid or a Mule Ear Oncidium. Oncidium splendidum is a lithophytic, on rocky hillsides growing, orchid species, native to Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

The erect inflorescences of “The Splendid Oncidium” reach lengths up to 1,20 meters and are packed with long lasting flowers. Flowers get a size of about 7,5 cm.
Flowering period: late Winter - Summer. Oncidium splendidum requires a warm - hot, humid climate and like all the fleshy leafed mule ear oncidiums bright light or full sun. Be careful if the sun gets to hot, especially during midday hours, as the leaves may get sunburned. The potting medium should dry out between waterings, as the plant is very susceptible for root rot. Oncidium splendidum orchids are protected by CITES Appendix II (trade controlled to avoid use incompatible with species survival).

Mule Ear Orchid Oncidium splendidum
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Image: Mule Ear Orchid Oncidium splendidum
Photographer: Kitisak “Nat” Jaidee

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