Constantia cipoensis Porto & Brade.1935 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and The Orchidstudium Website


Common Name The Cipo Constania [A Mountain Range in Brazil]

Flower Size 1/16" [2mm]

A miniature sized, Brazilian, cool growing, epiphytic species endemic to the Serra do Cipo in Minas Gerais found on bushes of the genus Vellozia at elevations around 1400 meters with orbicular, flattened, rugose pseudobulbs carrying a single, apical, small, ovate, rounded apically leaf that blooms from the winter through spring in nature and fall in cultivation on a apical, sessile, single flowered inflorescence that carries a large flower for the size of the plant.

It is said to be quite difficult to cultivate but does best mounted on tree fern or cork in airy, cool, humid, dappled shady conditions that allow it to dry out just a bit between waterings.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 11/12 633 - 752 Brieger 1981 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 5 1982 photo fide; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Withner Vol 3 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 7 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 2 1995 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 1 Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide