Oncidesa Hwuluduen Chameleon is a sympodial epiphyte orchid hybrid. It was registered in 2006 and created by Hwuluduen Orch. as a cross between Oncidium Pupukea Sunset and Gomesa echinata. This hybrid doesn’t benefit from a lot of popularity, but its ease of grow make it a great orchid for orchid beginners. The flowers are very rewarding and, despite their small size, put on a great show. The flowers presented in this article belong to the Golden Oriole variety.
The blooms are about 3 cm in height and 2 cm across, following a typical Oncidium shape and placement. The sepals are bright yellow, thin and elongated. Sometimes they can present a few dark red spots. The lip is wider and bigger in size and usually presents a dark red spotting pattern.
The blooms are displayed on a thin flower spike that can reach 30 cm in height. Each spike can hold anywhere between 15 and 30 flowers, maybe more at a time as it usually branches out, the effect is therefore magnificent.
This is a fragrant orchid and the fragrance reminds of candy. It is not overpowering, but rather moderate in strength, sweet, but not nauseating. The fragrance is stronger in bright light in the morning hours, fades towards afternoon and is completely gone in the night time.
Individual flowers are not very long lived, each flower can last for 2 to 3 weeks. But because they do not all open at the same time, the sheer numbers can make the total bloom time of this orchid last even 2 months. This orchid is free flowering, usually each new pseudobulb that matures can potentially bloom. The orchid produces one or two flower spikes per pseudobulb, that emerge usually from between the pseudobulb and the first set of leaves.
The pseudobulbs are about 7-10 cm in height and about 3-4 cm in width, with an oval shape. The normal color for this orchid is dark green. The leaves are long and slender, measuring about 20 cm in length and about 2-3 cm in width.
The roots are thin and healthy roots are white, but as they age, they can turn green when wet. When in active growth they have bright green tips. New growths usually appear from between the last exterior leaves and take between 6 to 9 months to fully mature.
Propagation of this orchid can be done through division, each division should have at least 3 fully grown pseudobulbs for a fast growth further on.
Soft spots: shriveled pseudobulbs if kept too dry
Overall the Oncidesa Hwuluduen Chameleon is an easy orchid to grow. It is much more forgiving than other hybrids and quite easy to grow in a normal home, as long as the watering schedule is kept in check.
Oncidesa Hwuluduen Chameleon Basic care:
Light: Intermediate to bright
Temperature: Intermediate to warm
Humidity: Tolerant to low humidity, over 40% ideal
Water: Water as the media approaches dryness
Growth cycle: not deciduous, does not require a winter rest, does not regularly shed leaves, can bloom all year round