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Oncidium ornithorhynchum (Dove orchid)

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4 hours care
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0.45m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Oncidium ornithorhynchum

Other names

Dove orchid, Oncidium ornithorrhynchum, Bird beak orchid

Genus

Oncidium Oncidium

Species

O. ornithorhynchum - O. ornithorhynchum is an epiphytic orchid with ovoid pseudobulbs, each with two linear to elliptic, soft, mid-green leaves and, in autumn, arching panicles of fragrant, white, pink or purple-pink flowers with dark pink lips.


Oncidium ornithorhynchum is: Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Upright

Flower

Purplish-pink, Pink, White in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs

Diseases

May suffer from virus.

General care

Propagation

Divide when plants overflow their containers.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Oncidium ornithorhynchum (Dove orchid) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grow in pots of epiphytic orchid compost under glass between 13ºC and 30ºC in filtered light. Provide high humidity in summer. In growth, mist daily and water freely, feeding with half-strength fertiliser every third watering.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

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Botanical name

Oncidium ornithorhynchum

Other names

Dove orchid, Oncidium ornithorrhynchum, Bird beak orchid

Genus

Oncidium Oncidium

Species

O. ornithorhynchum - O. ornithorhynchum is an epiphytic orchid with ovoid pseudobulbs, each with two linear to elliptic, soft, mid-green leaves and, in autumn, arching panicles of fragrant, white, pink or purple-pink flowers with dark pink lips.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Arching, Upright


Colour

Flower

Purplish-pink, Pink, White in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Mealybugs

Diseases

May suffer from virus.

General care

Propagation

Divide when plants overflow their containers.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Oncidium ornithorhynchum (Dove orchid) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.45m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grow in pots of epiphytic orchid compost under glass between 13ºC and 30ºC in filtered light. Provide high humidity in summer. In growth, mist daily and water freely, feeding with half-strength fertiliser every third watering.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Indoor unheated (H2)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Oncidium ornithorhynchum (Dove orchid)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orchidophilus spp.

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A pest of orchids spreading in trade. Currently absent from the UK and unlikely to establish outdoors. Could cause severe damage to hosts growing in protected cultivation.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Oncidium ornithorhynchum (Dove orchid)

Common pest name

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Frankliniella schultzei

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Oncidium ornithorhynchum (Dove orchid)

Common pest name

Rice leaf nematode; Strawberry crimp disease nematode; White tip nematode; White tip nematode of rice

Scientific pest name

Aphelenchoides besseyi

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Damaging nematode affecting rice crops and strawberry production in warmer climates; could potentially present a threat to strawberry production and ornamental production in protected environments. But modern production practices seem to reduce likelihood of impacts. Pest is also regulated at EU level; which reduces likelihood of entry.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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