Cycnoches cooperi Rolfe 1913 SECTION Heteranthae

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Flower closeup Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Detail of lip and column Photo by ©Danny Lentz, plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden

Another Plant Photo by © Stephen Piper

Female Flower Photo by © Eric Hunt

FragrancePart sunWarm To HotSummer

Common Name Cooper's Cycnoches [English Plant Collector 1900's]

Flower Size 3 1/2" [9 cm]

Found in northern Peru and Brazil as a small sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte of wet montane forests at elevations of 400 to 800 meters with an ovoid-cylindric pseudobulb concealed by deciduous, leaf bearing sheaths and has lanceolate, channeled, acuminate leaves that graduate in size from the base and blooms on an axillary, pendant, 10" [25 cm] long, few to many flowered, racemose, inflorescence with several close, tubular bracts and small ovate, acute, brown floral bracts that are shorter than the ovary, carrying showy, fleshy, chocolate scented flowers arising from near the apex of the newly matured, leafy pseudobulb.

Sometimes said to be a synonym of Cycnoches pendactylon but the color differences and lack of patterning are stunning.

Synonyms Cycnoches cooperi subsp. ayacuchoensis D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998; Cycnoches cooperi var. villenae G.F.Carr & A.Prieto 2002; Cycnoches pentadactylon var. cooperi (Rolfe) Pabst 1962

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942; Orchids of Peru Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 7 1962 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 8 1963 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 3 3 No 1 1964 photo; Orchids of Peru 1st supplement Schweinfurth 1970; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0038 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 431 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 618 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 6 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide

Cycnoches cooperi var. villenae G.F.Carr & A.Prieto 2002 Photo by Sylvain Burgaud

Color variety of the previous orchid