Cyrtochilum falcipetalum (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

Photo by Guido Deburghgraeve


Common Name The Sickle-Petal Cyrtochilum

Flower Size to 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2700 meters in montane forests as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte, terrestrial or occasional lithophyte with ovoid or subcylindrical pseudobulbs carrying 1 to rarely 2 oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, acute or shortly acuminate leaves and blooms in the fall on a basal, from the leaf bearing sheaths, arching, 10' [300 cm] long overall, stout, terete, flexuous, paniculate, loosely and irregularily short branched, successivvely many flowered inflorescence carrying up to 6 sometimes to 10 flowers per branch.

This orchid can sometimes produce plantlets at the nodes of the inflorescence

The C falcipetalum group consists of C detortum, C Pozoi, C lamelligerum, and C verstraeteanum.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum pavonii (Rchb. f.) Kraenzl. ex Kraenzl. 1922: *Oncidium falcipetalum Lindl. 1846; Oncidium falcipetalum var. pavonii Rchb. f. ex Lindl. 1855;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853 as Oncidium falcipetalum; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Oncidium falcipetalum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing good; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 2 1961 as Oncidium falcipetalum photo fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 as Oncidium falcipetalum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium falcipetalum; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as Oncidium falcipetalum; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 No 1 1968 as Cyrtochilum falcipetalum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as Oncidium falcipetalum photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 5 Foldats 1970 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum; Orchids of Vvenezuela Dunsterville 1987 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing/photo not = C verstraeteanum; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0126 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C confusum; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 as Oncidium falcipetalum photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as Oncidium falcipetalum drawing not = C verstraeteanum;Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawingok?