Cycnoches densiflorum Rolfe 1909 SECTION Heteranth

Male flowers to the left and female flowers to the right

Photos by Katherine B Gregg


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 hermaphriditic 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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007