Cycnoches bennettii Dodson 1989 SECTION Heteranthae

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

FragrancePart sunWarmLATEFall Winter

Common Name Bennett's Cycnoches [American Engineer and Orchid Enthusiast in Peru 1900's to 2009]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

Found in Peru in seasonally dry forests at elevations around 700 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with fusiform-oblong pseudobulobs enveloped by distichous, imbricating, foliaceous sheaths carrying emerald green, lanceolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the late fall and winter on a pendent, peduncle purplish brown, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers.

Similar to C peruviana but differs in the purplish brown inflorescence and ovary, the thickened, subunited tubercles on the lip margin, the blue gray color of the lip and the ocher red tepals.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icon. Pl. Trop., ser. 2, 1: t. 37 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992