Cyrtopodium brandonianum Barb.Rodr. 1877

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Katia Seagull and Her Orchid Web Site

Full sunCoolSummer

Common Name or Meaning Brandon's Cyrtopodium

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in eastern and southern Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay? and northern Argentina at elevations aaround 400 to 450 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial orchid with clustered, short, oval-elongate pseudobulbs never completely buried in the ground and carrying linear-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate leaves that blooms on a basal, 16" to 32" [40 to 80 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence occurring in the summer.

Similar to C brandonianum but differs mostly in the plant morphology, C witeckii has completely buried, ovoid pseudobulbs carrying 5, coriaceous, plicate, oblong-lanceolate leaves while C brandonanum has clustered, short, oval-elongate pseudobulbs never completely buried in the ground and carrying linear-lanceolate, acuminate, plicate leaves

Synonyms Cyrtopodium brandonianum subsp. lageanum J.A.N.Bat. & Bianch 2005; Cyrtopodium purpureum Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881 as C purpureum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 1942 Hoehne 1942 as C purpureum drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 1942 Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 as C purpureum; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 7 1994 photo cover; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 1 1995 photo; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; Boletim CAOB #57 2005; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawings fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendroideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmusen 2009 photo fide;

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