Cyrtochilum falcipetalum (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin Photo by Guido Deburghgraeve


Common Name The Sickle-Petal Cyrtochilum

Flower Size to 3" [7.5 cm]

A large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, terrestrial or occasional lithophyte found in Venezuela and Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2700 meters in montane forests with ovoid or subcylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 1 to rarely 2 oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute or shortly acuminate leaves and blooms in the spring on a basal, from the leaf bearing sheaths, arching, 10' [300 cm] long overall, stout, terete, flexuous, paniculate, loosely and irregularily short branched, successivvely many flowered inflorescence carrying up to 6 sometimes to 10 flowers per branch.

This orchid can sometimes produce plantlets at the nodes of the inflorescence

The C falcipetalum group consists of C detortum, pozoi, lamelligerum, verstraeteanum and C falcipetalum.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum pavonii (Rchb. f.) Kraenzl. ex Kraenzl. 1922: *Oncidium falcipetalum Lindl. 1846; Oncidium falcipetalum var. pavonii Rchb. f. ex Lindl. 1855;

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853 as Oncidium falcipetalum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Oncidium falcipetalum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing good; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 2 1961 photo as Oncidium falcipetalum; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 as Oncidium falcipetalum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium falcipetalum; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 photo; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum; Orchids of Vvenezuela Dunsterville 1987 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing/photo not = C verstraeteanum; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0126 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C confusum; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 as Oncidium falcipetalum photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum;Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006;