Rhynchostele cervantesii (La Llave & Lex.) Soto Arenas & Salazar 1993 Photo by © Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

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Common Name Cervantes' Rhynchostele [Mexican Botany Professor 1800's]

Flower Size to 2 3/4" [3.5 to 7 cm]

This miniature to small sized species is endemic to Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrerro, Mexico, Moreles and Oaxaca states of Mexico and grows as a cold to cool growing epiphyte in mixed pine/oak forests and on cliffs and rocky slopes at elevations of 1400-3200 meters. A cute dwarf species, the entire plant is under 6", and has clustered, grey green, ovoid, slightly flattened, four-angled, ancipitous pseudobulbs, that are brown or spotted with brown, carrying a single, apical, oblong, acute, leaf with a conduplicate petiole and blooms with 2 to 6, fragrant flowers on a nodding or pendant, to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long inflorescence with linear, acuminate, brownish bracts occuring in the winter through the spring. It is an evergreen species and requires a semi-dry winter rest, and a cool, humid, brightly illuminated area.

Synonyms Amparoa cervantesii (Lex.) Archila 2009; Amparoa cervantesii subsp. membranacea (Lindl.) Archila 2009; Amparoa cervantesii subsp. occidentalis Archila 2009; Cymbiglossum cervantesii (La Llave & Lex.) Halb. 1983; Lemboglossum cervantesii [La Llave & Lex.] Halbinger 1984; *Odontoglossum cervantesii LaLave & Lex. 1824; Odontoglossum cervantesii LaLave & Lex. var membranaceum Lindley 1852; Odontoglossum membranaceum Lindley 1838; Oncidium cervantesii Beer 1854; Oncidium membranaceum Beer 1854; Rhynchostele cervantesii subsp. halbingeriana Soto Arenas & Hágsater 2008; Rhynchostele cervantesii subsp. membranacea (Lindl.) Soto Arenas & Salazar 1993

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Odontoglossum cervantesii; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing as Odontoglossum cervantesii; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961 as Odontoglossum servantesii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum cervantesii; Orchid Digest No 38 No 2 1974 as Odontoglossum cervantesii photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo as Odontoglossum cervantesii; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Cymbiglossum cervantesii; An Introdution to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as Lemboglossum cervantesii photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1077 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 as Rhynchostele membranaceum photo fide;

Rhynchostele cervantesii ssps. halbingeriana Soto Arenas and Salazar 2008 NO Photo

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A color form of this species.

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1078 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing

Rhynchostele cervantesii var lilacina [La Llave & Lex.] Halbinger 1984 Photo by Andy's Orchids Copyright © 2002 All rights reserved.

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A color form of this species.

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest No 38 No 2 1974 as Odontoglossum cervantesii var lilacinum photo fide;

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