Cyclopogon plantagineus Schltr. 1920

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


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Plantago Cyclopogon

Flower Size .2" [4 mm]

Found Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with a short stem carrying a few, in a basal rosette, narrowly ovate, acute to acuminate, cuneate below into the elongate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late spring through late summer on a terminal, erect, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the linear-ovate green leaves, the flared lip apex with a transversely reniform apical lobe, the cuneate base of the lip with a basal calli intermarginal, the floral segments to .32" [8 mm] long, the pubescent underside of the column, and the short inflorescence to 2.4" [6 cm] long.

Synonyms Beadlea plantaginea (Schltr.) Garay 1978; Spiranthes plantaginea Lindl. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Hoehne 1945; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Spiranthes plantaginea drawing fide; Orchids of Peru 1st supplement Schweinfurth 1970 as Spiranthes plantaginea; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as Beadlea platagineus drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 906 Dodson 1984 as Beadlea plantaginea drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo not; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018