Cyrtorchis hamata [Rolfe]Schlechter 1914 SECTION Cyrtorchis Photo courtesy of Jeff Aguillon.

FragranceFull sunWarm TO HotWinter

Common Name The Hooked Cyrtorchis

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

This small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphytic species is from Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Gabon from high in the canopy with a strong, erect stem carrying ligulate to linear, strap-shaped or elliptic, fleshy, unequally bilobed apically leaves and blooms in the winter on a short to 8" [to 20 cm], axillary, several [6 to 12] flowered, racemose inflorescence with nocturnally fragrant flowers.

This species is best grown in a basket or mounted on treefern and needs high humidity, hot to warm temperatures and a cooler and drier winter rest.

Synonyms Angraecum hamatum Rolfe ?;Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. variabilis. Summerh 1960; Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. leonensis Summerh. 1960; Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. whytei (Rolfe) Summerh. 1960; Cyrtorchis arcuata var. variabilis (Summerh.) Geerinck 1988; *Listrostachys hamata Rolfe 1902; Listrostachys hamata Rolfe 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as Listrostachys sedeni; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing as listrochilus arcuata; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963; AOS Bulletin Vol 32 No 10 1963 as C sedenii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 11 1980 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 7 1984 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;