Cyrtochilum fidicularium (Dalström) Dalström 2001 SECTION Myanthium Lindley

TYPE Drawing Photo/TYPE drawing by © Stig Dalstrom

Common Name The Fiddle String Cyrtochilum [refers to the inflorescence - long, wiry and very hard like a tuned fiddle string]

Flower Size .48" [1.2 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador to northern Peru in shrubby montane forests at elevations of 2600 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a wiry, creeping rhizome giving rise to distant or caespitose, keiki-like on an inflorescence, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped by 5 to 8 distichous, foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, conduplicate, narrowly ovate to elliptic, acuminate,, shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, axillary, from the uppermost sheaths, stiff, more or less verruculose, wiry, peduncle with 4 to 6, adpressed, scale like bracts, to 4' 4" [130 cm] long overall, loosely paniculate, widely spaced, each side branch .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, 3 to 6 flowered each, many flowered inflorescence with small, adpressed, scale like floral bracts and carrying slightly campanulate flowers.

This species is sympatric and can be confused with C funis but C fiducularium has a shorter, stouter column and the additional apical, angular column lobes.

Synonyms Dasyglossum fidicularium (Dalström) Königer 2010; *Odontoglossum fidicularium Dalström 1999; Trigonochilum fidicularium (Dalström) Senghas 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as Odontoglossum fidicularium drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Flora of Ecuador #87 225[3] Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae I Jimenenz 2014 photo fide;

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