Popcorn Orchid
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Popcorn Orchid
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Popcorn Orchid
Botanical name: Oncidium sphacelatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Kandyan dancer

Popcorn Orchid is a large sized, tree-dwelling and occasional rock-dwelling orchid with compressed, oblong pseudobulbs carrying 2 to 3, linear-strap-shaped, almost erect, rigid, pointed leaves. The plant blooms in the spring with a basal, up to 180 cm long, lateral to drooping, short branched, purple mottled panicle. The panicle arises from the leaf bearing sheaths of a mature pseudobulb that has triangular bracts and carries showy, weakly fragrant flowers. The flowers are usually bright yellow with brown markings, up to 2.5 cm across, and they grow in large, branching sprays that can create a stunning floral display. Popcorn Orchid is native to Mexico to Central America, SE Venezuela, widely cultivated worldwide.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Imphal, Manipur.

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