Cyrtochilum cumandae Königer 1995 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin TYPE Photo by © Guido Deburghgraeve and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower

Another Flower Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Koniger and The Epidendra Website

Part shadeCold

Common Name or Meaning Cumanda's Cyrtochilum [Wife of Alfonso Pozo Ecuadorian collector and cultivator of species current]

Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]

Found in east central Ecuador at elevations around 2200 to 3000 meters as a large sized, caespitose, cold growing epiphyte with narrowly ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several, distichous, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 2 to 3, apical, erect, linear-lanceolate, acute, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary, erect, twining, stout, 10 to 13.4' [3 to 4 meter] long, paniculate, to 14 branched, to 5 flowers each, apically racemose, many flowered inflorescence with boat-shaped bracts.

Similar to C ionodon but differs by the more rounded apex of the column, the finely serrate column wings and the sepals, particularly the dorsal, which are weakly auriculate. In C ionodon the column apex is distinctly triangular acute, the column wings are more truncate and the sepals, particularly the dorsal are distinctly auriculate.


References W3 Tropicos, Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium cumandae photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing/photo fide