Cyrtochilum gracile (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Myanthium Lindley

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Drawing of Odontoglossum dalessandroi

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Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Cyrtochilum

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of 2400 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing semi terrestrial with black sooty green appearing, tightly clustered, ovoid, compressed, smooth pseudobulbs enveloped basally by a pair of foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single apical, elliptical, basally conduplicate leaf and blooms in the fall on an erect, arching to subpendent, to 12 to 40" [30 to 100 cm] long overall, paniculate, distantly branched, straight to fractiflex, branches to 4" [10 cm] long, each 4 to 10 flowered, few to many flowered inflorescence with adpressed, scale-like floral bracts and carrying slightly campanulate flowers arising from the basal leaf sheath of a mature pseudobulb.

Sometimes a plantlet or keiki will arise at the apex of an older leafless pseudobulb.

Synonyms Dasyglossum gracile (Lindl.) Königer & Schildhauer 1994; Dasyglossum wallisii (Rchb. f.) Königer & Schildhauer 1994; Irenea gracile (Lindl.) Szlach., Mytnik, Górniak & Romowicz 2006; Mesospinidium wallisii Rchb. f. 1876; Odontoglossum dalessandroi Dodson & Garay 1982; Odontoglossum gracile Lindl. 1839; Odontoglossum obscurum C.Schweinf. 1949; Oncidium gracile (Lindl.) Beer 1854; Trigonochilum gracile (Lindl.) Senghas 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 467 Dodson 1982 as Odontoglossum dalessandroi drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as Odontoglossum dalessandroiphoto fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 as Trigonochilum dallesandroi photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as Odontoglossum gracils drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 12 2005 drawing; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #5 2010 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide