Cycnoches densiflorum Rolfe 1909 SECTION Heteranth

Male flowers to the left and female flowers to the right

Photos by Katherine B Gregg

Hermophroditic flower

Photo by Francisco "Pacho" Villegas


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Densely Flowered Cycnoches

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Colombia on the Central cordillera at elevations of 800 to 900 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with more or less cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 4, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate, many nerved leaves that blooms in the fall on a pendent, to 13.2" [33 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence

The lead photo has male flowers at the top and hermaphroditic flowers below.

The drawing is of the male flower, female flowers are similar to C chlorochilon male flowers but with a much shorter column


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 #9 1983 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 photo/drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide