Cyrtochilum cryptocopis (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

Photos by Guido Deburghgraeve ©

Part Shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Hidden Edge Cyrtochilum [refers to the fiddle shaped lip that is revealed only when pressed flat]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm] tall

Found in southwestern Ecuador and Peru on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 1800 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with very narrowly ovoid to cylindrical, laterally compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by to 3 pairs of distichous, imbricating, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, oblong, linear to strap-shaped, tapering both apically and basally, acute leaves that blooms in the winteron an axillary, 39 to 59" [100 to 150 cm] long, twining, many flowered, paniculate inflorescence that is shortly branched and has 1 to a few flowers on each branch.

Synonyms *Oncidium cryptocopis Rchb. f. 1870

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Oncidium cryptocopis; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1961 as Odontoglossum cryptocopis; ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium chryptocopis; Orchid Digest Vol 60 No 2 1996 photo not = ?; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 2003 as Oncidium crytopcopis drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 12(3): 137—142. Giraldo & Dalström 2012 2012 Drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide