Cyclopogon argyrotaenius Schltr. 1921

Photo by G Chiron and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Silvery Leaved Cyclopogon

Flower Size

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with 1 to 3, basal, lanceolate-elliptic, tapering at both ends, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the slender, canaliculate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an arcuate, terminal, short, secund, several flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by cauline becoming bracts above, lanceolate-acuminate sheaths and with linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Distinguished by the lip being flared with a transversely reniform apical lobe, the claw at the base of the lip, the sagittate lateral lobes, the large horn-like calli that extend from the margin of te lateral lobes of e lip. The column is glabrous and the leaves have a longitudinal silver mark on each side of the midrib.

Synonyms Beadlea argyrotaenia (Schltr.) Garay 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 47: 77 1929 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as Beadlea argyrotaenius; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo good; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[2] Dodson 2005 drawing good; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide