Cyrtopodium glutiniferum Raddi. 1823

Photo by Sylvio Rodrigues Pereira and his Filckr Orchid Photo Websita

Wilted flower

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Maria Rita Cabral Orchidstudium

Closer Inflorescence


Plant and Inflorescence in situ Surinam

Photos by Charles Frensdorf


Common Name The Glue Carrying Cyrtopodium

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam and Brazil on granite rocks and rarely in savannahs at elevations of 10 to 350 meters as a large to giant sized, hot growing litho-terrestrial with fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 8 to 12, plicate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a paniculate, 36 to 64" [90 to 160 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence .

A paste similar to Mucilage is made for bookbinding by extracting the juices from the pseudobulbs.

Synonyms Cyrtopodium andersonii fo. holmesii Hoehne 1938; Cyrtopodium andersonii var. cardiochilum (Lindl.) Cogn. 1901; Cyrtopodium cardiochilum Lindl.1849; Cyrtopodium engelii Karst 1859; Cyrtopodium godseffianum auct. 1894;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C andersonii var holmesii drawing ok; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C cardiochilum drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1959 as C engelii not = C andersonii; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 as C engelii; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as C cardiochilum drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 not = C andersonii; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = C andersonii; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 3 1980 photo fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 5 1991 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 as C cardiochilum; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 3 1993; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 10 1993 postage stamp fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 as C cardiochilum photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 6 1996 as C cardiochilum photo fide; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing/photo ok; Historia do Patrimonio Natural do Espirito Santo Orquideas Freitas Machado 2008 as C cardiochilum; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas sa Serra do Castelo Espirito Santo Brasil Vol 3 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 photo/drawing fide; Of Mice and Men Part 1 Jenny 2015 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide