Cyrtochilum confertum (Rchb. f.) Dalström 2001 SECTION Myanthium Lindley Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Another Flower Photo by © Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning The Tight Cyrtochilum

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador in scrubby cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2700 meters in cloud forests as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with caespitose, round-ovoid, slightly ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended by 6 to 8, distichous, uppermost leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, elliptic to ovate, acute, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, erect to arching, paniculate, multibranched, weakly fractiflex, to 4.4' [130 cm] long, multiflowered inflorescence with adpressed, scale-like bracts.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum polystachyoides (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Kraenzl. 1917; Dasyglossum confertum (Rchb. f.) Königer & Schildhauer 1994; *Odontoglossum confertum Rchb. f. 1879; Oncidium polystachyoides F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Trigonochilum confertum (Rchb.f.) Senghas 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Cyrtochilum polystachoides; *Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Odontoglossum confertum photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide