Cycnoches pentadactylon Lindley 1843 SECTION Heteranthae

Flower Closeup

Photos by Jay Pfahl

Female Flower

Photo By Erica Moron de Abad and Her Biorquidtropic Peru Lab Web Page

Common Name The Five Fingered Cycnoches

Flower Size to almost 4" Across [to 10 cm across]

This epiphytic, medium sized, warm growing species comes from the Amazon basin of Brazil and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 750 to 1000 meters with a fusiform pseudobulb enveloped by imbricate leaf-bearing sheaths with deciduous, elliptic, petiolate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a 2 1/2 to 12" [6.75 to 30 cm] long, arching to pendant, racemose many flowered inflorescence with the fragrant flowers arising from the leaf nodes near the apex of the newest, mature pseudobulb.

The flowers pictured above are the male form.

Synonyms Cycnoches amesianum Saunders 1902; Cycnoches espiritusantense Brade 1942

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as C amesianum drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as C espiritusantense drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as C espiritosantense drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 1 1964 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 9 1983 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0041 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 photo fide; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 68 No 5 1999 photo fide; Orchid Digerst Vol 64 #1 2000 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 621 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; The Organ Mountain Range It's History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller & Seehawer 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Peru Freuler 2010 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide for male/female flower; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 # 7 2014 drawing fide; Orchidess du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castelo Espirito Santo Brazil Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello photo/drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #3 2016 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 81 #2 2017 photo fide;