Cyclopogon ovalifolius C.Presl. 1827

Another Drawing???

Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning The Oval Leaved Cyclopogon

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in montane pluvial forests at elevations around 1000 to 2150 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with a very short stem carrying 5 to 7, basal, whorled, narrowly ovate, obtuse to acuminate apically, basally subtruncate, into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall through early winter on a terminal, erect, to 12" [30 cm] long, loosely many flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the sepals basally united to form a cylindrical tube that is .1 to .14" [2.5 to 3.5 mm] long, the basally rounded blade of the leaf and the sagittate base of the lip.

CAUTION!!! Dodson has 2 drawings made 4 years apart that are completly different, I assume that the newest one is correct, but have provided the first one in case it is more correct. Please use either with caution!!!!

Synonyms Gyrostachys ovalifolia (C.Presl) Kuntze 1891; Spiranthes preslii Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Hoehne 1945; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 430 Dodson 1989 Drawing hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 225 [2] Orchidaceae Dodson 2005 drawing fide; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide