Cyrtochilum orgyale (Rchb.f. & Warsz.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

Photo by Woodstream Orchids and Their Orchid Website

Lip detail Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz HerbariaOrchid Website

Common Name The One-Fathom Long Cyrtochilum [refers to the elongate inflorescence]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 1800 to 3400 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with ellipsoid to elliptic-ovoid, ancipitous, well spaced pseudobulbs completely enveloped by several, distichous, imbricate, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 1 to 2 apical, linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute to subacute, conduplicate and attenuate below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, axillary, 8" to 200" [20cm to 5 m] long, paniculate to occasionally racemose, each widely spaced branch to 20" [50 cm] long, several to many flowered, inflorescence carrying showy flowers.

Synonyms Oncidium claesii Rolfe1906; *Oncidium orgyale Rchb.f. & Warsz.1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Oncidium orgyale; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1917 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as Oncidium carderi drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as Oncidium orygale good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as Oncidium carderi drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 38 no 5 1974 as Oncidium orgyale photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium orgyale drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 1 1998 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Oncidium orgyale drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 as C undulatum drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas de Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006;

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