Cischweinfia horichii Senghas & Neudecker 1995 Photo by Andy's Orchids


Common Name Horich's Cischweinfia [German Orchid Collector in Costa Rica late 1900's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found from Costa Rica to Colombia as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with oblong-elliptic, strongly compressed, sharply two angled pseudobulbs enveloped basally by foliaceous bracts and carrying a single, apical, linear, conduplicate, acuminate leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on axillary, racemose, 2 3/4" [7 cm] long inflorescence with inconspicuous floral bracts and carrying one to 4, fragrant flowers.

Often confused with C dasyandra, but it has a round ruffled white lip with 5 brown or lilac rays and this species has 8 brown to orange rays as well as 2 faint, shorter central ones and the callus is a single, very low and wide keel that is clearly dilated in the middle.

Many references cite this species as a synonym of C parva but I have left them separate peniding further research.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 2 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;