!Cyrtorchis crassifolia Schltr. 1911-2 SECTION Homocolleticon Summerh

Flower Closeup

Plant and Flower Photos courtesy of Rudi Hromniak and his and his Orchid Webpage

FragranceFull shadeCoolSummer

Common Name The Thick Leafed Cyrtorchis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm] with spur

Found in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, southern Tanzania, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and most likely Madasgascar in high rainfall woodlands in deep mosses and lichens on lower branches of large trees on ridges with plenty of air and night mists at elevations of 1200 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte which responds best to mounting if given high humidity and ample air circulation and has a short stem carrying, 2 to 6, very fleshy, narrowly "v "-shaped in cross-section, grey green, spotted black, recurved leaves and blooms in the summer on several at a time, axillary, 2" [5 cm] long, 3 to 8 densely flowered inflorescence with nocturnally scented [hyacinth] flowers

Synonyms Homocolleticon crassifolia (Schltr.) Szlach. & Olszewski 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Malawi Orchids La Croix 1983; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 3 Cribb 1989; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 10 1994 photo; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 2 Pope 1998; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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