Cyclopogon maldonadoanus Dodson 1993

Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Maldonado Cyclopogon [A town in Carchi Ecuador]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a just medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a basal rosette, light green on both sides, obliquely elliptic, acuminate, cuneate to rounded below into the slender, canaliculate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a terminal, erect, enveloped by 7 to 9 appressed, acuminate, decreasing in size upwards, loosely many flowered inflorescence with ovate, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to C ellipticus but this one differs in the much broader basal lobes of the lip, it is distinguished from other Ecuadorian species by the basal lobes much broader than the apical lobe, the small flowers with a 6 x 2 mm dorsa seal amd the thickenings of the margins of the claw of the blade very broad.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 19: 95 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Escobar & Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador # 76 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson/Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide