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Oncostele (Odontocidium) Catatante ‘Kilauea Karma’

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Odontocidium is a hybrid genus between Odontoglossum and Oncidium. Oncostele refers to any greges (hybrid parentage) that includes Oncidium (Onc.) and Rhynchostele (Rst.) This variety is more forgiving than Odontoglossum and produces larger flowers than expected from a typical Oncidium. Bright tall spikes of burgundy orange blooms above lush foliage make this fantastic for display. A good beginner orchid.

Plant may vary from pictured. May not be in bloom. 


Registered name: Odontocidium Catatante ‘Kilauea Karma’

Parent lineage: Oncostele Catatante (Oncidium Sphacetante X Oncostele Wildcat) 

Origin: Complex hybrid of multiple origins

Type: Intermediate temp epiphyte

Pot Size: 4in

Plant height: 18-24in at maturity. Flower spikes reach 36in height.

Blooming size: YES, blooms last about a month to two months

Bloom info: 1.5in burgundy orange blooms clustered on tall spikes

Fragrant: None observed

Toxic: No


Potting mix: Fine bark or fine bark and sphagnum mix. Repot in Spring.

Light: Bright indirect - medium light. Shielded South or East facing preferred. Protect leaves from direct sun exposure.

Water: Water frequently in hot months when media is near dry. Do not allow to stay dry for long periods (pseudobulbs will shrivel, leaves will crisp and "accordion").

Temp: Intermediate-warm (55F min night, 90F max day).

Humidity: 30-60%, tolerant of low humidity.

Fertilizing: Heavy feeding Spring-Summer. 1/2 strength urea-free fertilizer, every watering as new roots and leaves emerge. Flush the pot once monthly to remove mineral build up. Decrease to every other watering in Winter.