Cyclopogon lindleyanus (Link, Klotzsch & Otto) Schltr. 1920

Inflorescence and Leaves

Photos by Alexander Moran

Another Inflorescnce

Photo by Eric Hunt


Photo by of Jay Pfahl.

Another clone

Photo by of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Echo Valley Orchids.


Photo by of Aaron Matsumoto and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name Lindley's Cyclopogon [English Botanist 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, terrestrial at elevations around 450 to 1600 meters in evenly moist, dense to slightly open forests with spathulate, variegated dark green and white, petiolate leaf that is cuneate into the basal petiole blooming in the late winter to early spring on a terminal, erect, thin, pale rose to greenish, 10 to 12" [25 to 30 cm] long, many [70] flowered, racemose inflorescence with several, acuminate bracts and acuminate floral bracts enveloping the ovaries with the flowers densely clustered and spiralling towards the apex.

The inflorescence arises in the late fall to early winter, taking from 6 to 10 weeks to mature, from the center of the rosette of leaves after the maturation of the plant. The successively opening flowers arise most often in late February to early April and last 6 to 10 weeks with 10 or so flowers open at any one time.

Distinguished by the plain green leaves with silver green longitudinal stripes, the dark greeen sepals, and the green petals with pink apices, the pale pinkish white lip with a flared apex with a transversely renioform apical lobe, a clawed base that is longer than wide, the lareg horn like calli that extend from the margin of the lateral lobes of the lip and the glabrous column.

The cultural requirements of this species are akin to Phalaenopsis except for the potting media which should be a soiless mix such as Promix or Sun Mix or even pure sphagnum moss. Yearly repotting in the spring after blooming is nessesary to promote good growth

Synonyms Beadlea lindleyana (Link, Klotzsch & Otto) Garay & Dunst.1979; Cyclopogon pamii (Braid) Mansf. & Herter 1943; Gyrostachys lindleyana (Link, Klotzsch & Otto) Kuntze 1891; *Spiranthes lindleyana Link, Klotzsch & Otto 1840; Spiranthes pamii Braid 1924; Spiranthes pamii var. brevipetiolatus Braid 1924; Spiranthes pamii var. bruneolus Braid 1924; Spiranthes pamii var. spiralis Braid 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Spiranthes lindleyana drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 Spiranthes lindleyana ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as Spiranthes lindleyana; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Beadlea lindlyanus drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 427 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 as Beadlea lindleyanaphoto plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 2 2005 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador # 76 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson/Luer 2005 Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 green flowers bottom of page photo fide the other not; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide