Cycnoches quatuorcristis D.E.Benn. 1992 SECTION Heteranthae

TYPE Drawing by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Four Callus Cycnoches

Flower Size 2.5" [6.75 cm]

Found in Junin department of Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 700 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with elongate, cylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 6 to 8, lanceolate, acute, plicate leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a male, arcuate, pendent, 25 to 35 flowered inflorescenc.

Similar to C peruviana and C jarae but the male flowers have the lateral lobes of the lip slightly cupped and in having 11 to 13 lightly incurved, irregularily thickened finger-like processes. The female flowers have a papillose callus with 2 protruding lamellae, the convex lamina is excavated basally and the furrow is bordered by 4 low knobbed ridges, The female flowers have a fragrance of freshly cut avocado.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 026 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; ; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014