Cyrtochilum cuencanum Kraenzel 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin Photo by K. Senghas and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbarium

Common Name The Cuenca Cyrtochilum [A Town in Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.8" [4.5 cm]

The species hails from Ecuador and is a large sized, cold growing epiphyte that is found at elevations of 2000-3500 meters and blooms in the fall on an axillary, erect to arcuate, racemose or paniculate inflorescence of several flowers.

Within Ecuador it cannot be confused with any other species but in Venezuela and Colombia there exists C zebrinum which is similar but C cuencanum differs in the wingless column versus the small, distinct, digitate to palmate wings of C zebrinum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium cuencanum photo fide; Orquideologia Vol. 23 No 2 2004 as Oncidium cuencanum; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide