Cyclopogon estradae Dodson 1993

Inflorescence Photos by The Prague Botanical Garden and The Nature Picture Cz. Website

Drawing as C elliptica not = C estradae Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Estrada's Cyclopogon [Ecuadorian Original Collector of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Manabi Ecuador in the low cloud forests of the coastal mountains of western Ecuador at elevations around 500 to 600 meters as a medium sized, warm growing growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of elliptic, acute, cuneate below intothe petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late winter on a terminal, erect, alomst completely enveloped by appressed, ovate, acuminate sheaths which decrease in size up the stem, to 12" [30 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with longer han the flowers floral bracts.

Dodson states in Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 that he erroneously identified this species in his Icones series Plate 3 Dodson 1980 as Beadlea ellipticus and also states that Cyclopogon ellipticus is a high elevation terrestrial from montane cloud forests of the Andes proper at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters and has a much more loosely compact inflorescence with much larger flowers and shorter than the flower floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador #9 225 [1] Orchidaceae Garay 1978 as Beadlea estradae drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 3 Dodson 1980 as Beadlea elliptica not = Cyclopogon estradae drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Escobar & Dodson 1993 drawing same as Drawing for Beadlea elliptica drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador # 76 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson/Luer 2005