Cyrtochilum loxense (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.


Common Name The Loja Cyrtochilum [Town in Ecuador]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador in upper montane cloud forests s near the town of Loja at elevations around 2600 to 2700 meters as a large sized, cold growing epiphytic orchid with a short rhizome carrying ovate, compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several disitchous, foliaceous sheaths carrying 1 to 2, apical, ligulate, coriaceous, acute leaves that are conduplicate towards the base and bloom in the winter and early spring on a basal, from the axils of the lateral leaf sheaths, elongate, viney, scandent, to 42" to 10' [107 to 300 cm] long, paniculate, many branched, widely spaced, zig-zag, each branch 1 to 3 flowered, severalinflorescence arising on a recently mature pseudobulb through the axil of the leaf sheath, having tubular, acuminate bracts and carrying fleshy flowers.

Synonyms *Oncidium loxense Lindl. 1851-2

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Oncidium loxense; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Oncidium loxense drawing fide; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as C fallens drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium loxense; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 477 Dodson 1982 as Oncidium loxense drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium loxense drawing /photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 11 2005 photo; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 photo/drawing fide