Oncidium is a widespread, diverse genus, found throughout tropical America. Profuse numbers of flowers are
characteristically borne on large inflorescences, which may bear dozens of individual flowers. The effect of
these flowers moving in the wind has been likened to a cloud of fluttering butterflies, an effect that may
help attract pollinators. Although a wide range of colors is found among species, yellows, reds and oranges
seem particularly prevalent. Most species lack fragrance. (Photos are of cultivated specimens.)
Click below to see the photos and information on oncidium orchids:
Oncidium is one of the most diverse neotropial orchid genera. Numerous species are cultivated and there are
hundreds if not thousands of hybrids.
Oncidium species are often (not always) characterized by flowers that are red, yellow or orange in color, and
mottled in darker shades of the background color. Often, the inflorescence includes many individual flowers.
Many species lack scent (detectable by human noses). This specimen was photographed near Iquitos, Peru.