Cyclopogon comosus (Rchb.f.) Burns-Bal. & E.W.Greenw. 1986

Photo by © Alfredo Cascante-Marín and The Lankesteriana Website

Plant and Inflorescence

Photo by © Fritz Hamer


Drawing by © Hagsater & Salazar and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Drawing

Drawing by © Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Hirsute Cyclopogon

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing terrestrial with basal, in a rosette, dark green silvery striped, acute, gradually narrowing below into a short petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, 6.8" [17 cm] long, apically villose, laxly to 10 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 4 to 5, small towards the apex, clear purple, acuminate sheaths.

Synonyms Beadlea comosa (Rchb.f.) Hamer & Garay 1981; Gyrostachys comosa (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; *Spiranthes comosa Rchb.f. 1845;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas de el Slavador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Beadlea comosa drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Beadlea comosus drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 1 Plate 10 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 3 Orchidoideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmusen 2003 drawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera, and Zamora 2005; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo ok; Orchids from the Serrania Del Baudo Choco Colombia Misas 2005 drawing/photo not = ?; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Lankesteriana 19(1) 31-55 2019 photo fide