Cyrtochilum fractiflexum (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Cimiciferum Lindl. Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Fractiflex Cyrtochilum [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in south central Ecuador in upper elevation cloud forests as a large sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with caespitose?, elongate-ovoid, ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 5 or more, distichous, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 1 to 2, apical, linear-elliptic, rounded to slightly retuse, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, basally erect then wiry to pendulous, flexuous, to 10' [3 meters] long, paniculate, widely spaced, strongly fractiflex, [successively?] many flowered inflorescence with minute, adpressed, scale-like bracts.

Synonyms *Oncidium fractiflexum F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Syn of C fractum not; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 as Odontoglossum fractiflexum; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 as C sp drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium umbonatum drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide

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