Cyrtopodium blanchetii Reichb.f. 1849 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptiste, photo by Wilma Braga

Part SunWarmCoolLATESpring

Common Name Blanchet's Cyrtopodium [French Orchid Collector mid 1800's]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Distrito Federal and Bahia states of Brazil at elevations around 1200 meters in sands often among rocks as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with the small, ovoid to elliptic, clustered pseudobulbs almost always buried under ground, the new leaves arising after it flowers, they are erect, linear, acute, green and glaucous. The erect, to 28" [to 70 cm] long, many [15] flowered, racemose to occasionally paniculate inflorescence arises well after leaf fall and just before the new growth arises in late spring.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 1Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 photo hmm; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 no 1 1995 photo fide; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawings fide;