Cyclopogon epiphyticus (Dodson) Dodson 1989

Photo by A Müller and The Swiss Orchid Foundation a the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Photo by © Eric Hunt, plant grown by Orquides del Valle, Cali, Colombia.


Photo by © Leon Glicenstein


Common Name The Epiphytic Cyclopogon [refers to it’s occuring on trees]

Flower Size 1/12” [2mm]

Found from Colombia and Ecuador in lower cloud forests at elevations of 100 to 800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with fasiculate, thick, fleshy, long-pubescent roots and a basal rosette of ovate to elliptic, acute, coppery-green leaf with white spots that taper basally into a slender petiole that blooms in the spring through fall [late winter through spring in the Northern Hemisphere] in situ on an erect, terminal, to 8" [20 cm] long, glabrous, bracteolate, many flowered, racemose inflorescence.

Often confused with C cranichoides but differs in it’s exclusive epiphytic habit, its coppery green leaves with white spots and having a concave side lobes at the midpoint giving it a pandurate-sinuate aspect when spread instead of a rectangular mid-side lobe. Also C epiphyticum and C cranchioides occur in the same location but are separated by elevation, C epiphyticum occurs below 1000 meters and B cranichioides occurs above 1000 meters to 1800 meters.

Synonyms *Beadlea epiphytica Dodson 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 004 Dodson 1980 as Beadlea epiphytica drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing ok/photo fide