The Curled Odontoglossum Orchid (Odontoglossum crispum) is a flowering epiphytic plant in the Orchidaceae family of orchids.
It is found in countries in South America, predominantly in tropical Colombia.
It is considered to be the most beautiful orchid of all, but one of the most difficult to grow.
It has an ovoid pseudobulb about 8 centimetres (4 inches) long. The leaves are sharp and pointed at the tip.
There are 6-24 flowers on each inflorescence. The flower of the Curled Odontoglossum Orchid is arching and about 50 centimetres (20 inches) long. Each flower is on a pedicellate ovary about 3 centimetres (one inch) long.
The flowers are mostly white or pale rose, with blotched brownish or reddish marks. The callus is yellow, often with red lines. The flowers are about 8 centimetres (4 inches) across.
Photographed at the Orchid Exhibition, Paris Botanical Garden, France, March 2022.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
MARTINA NICOLLS – MartinaNicollsWebsite