Cyrtochilum mendax (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin
Lip Callus Detail
Side Lip Callus Detail
Photos by © Jay Pfahl Plant in situ Jardin Colombia 1/2016
Photo by © Harry Zelenko and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria
Common Name The Deceiving Cyrtochilum
Flower Size 2.4" [6 cm]
Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 1600 to 2500 meters as a large to giant sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte that blooms in the winter and summer on an axillary, wiry, paniculate, very long, twinning, many few flowered branches, each branch to 20" [50 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.
I am sure now of this determination as it has been vetted by both Dalström and Deburghgraeve!
Synonyms *Oncidium mendax Rchb.f. 1886
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 quarta parte Foldats 1970 as Oncidium superbiensdrawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing not = C portillae; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Oncidium mendax photo Not = C portillae; Orchid Species Culture; Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225 Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing not = C portillae; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo not = C ligulatum; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide