Cyrtochilum megalophium (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Myanthium Lindley Photo by © K Senghas and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jeny Renz Herbarium

Drawing

Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Part shade ColdSpring

Common Name The Large Tufted Cyrtochilum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Peru in upper montane cloud forests at elevations around 2600 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome with well spaced, narrowly ovate, lightly compressed, finely wrinkled, soft pseudobulbs enveloped by 2 to more pairs of leafless and leaf bearing sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, linear-lanceolate, acute or shortly acuminate, finely sulcate/carinate, gradually long-narrowed below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an axillary, from the base through a leaf sheath, slender, twining, much longer than the leaves, suberect to arching, to 6' 8" [to 200 cm] long, arcuate, paniculate, fractiflex, few to several flowered branches held in the apical 1/4, many flowered inflorescence with several, very close bracts.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum forcipatum (Linden & Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917; Dasyglossum megalophium (Lindl.) Königer & Schildh. 1994; Odontoglossum forcipatum Linden & Rchb.f. 1854; *Odontoglossum megalophium Lindl. 1846; Oncidium forcipatum (Linden & Rchb.f.) Schnee 1945; Oncidium megalophium (Lindl.) Beer 1854; Trigonochilum megalophium (Lindl.) Senghas 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Odontoglossum forcipatum; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing as C forcipatum drawing hmm; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth Vol 4 1961 as Odontoglossum megalophium; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as Odontoglossum megalophium drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 as Odontoglossum megalophium drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 as Odontoglossum forcipatum; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Odontoglossum megalophium drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Odontoglossum megalophium drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Odontoglossum/Oncidium Alliance Bakers 2006

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