Cyrtochilum hirtzii Dalström 2010 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

Photo by © Alex Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Stig Dalstrom


Common Name Hirtz's Cyrtochilum [German Engineer, Orchid Enthusiast and Orchid Collector in Ecuador current]

Flower Size

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador in mid to upper level coloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a creeping, bracteate rhizome giving rise to oblong-ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 6 to 8 distichous, uppermost foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single conduplicate, narrowly elliptic, acuminate, subpetiolate basally leaf that blooms in the later spring on an axillary, arising from the uppermost sheaths, erect then wiry, flexuous, to 30" [75 cm] long, paniculate, few branched, each widely spaces, weakly flexuous, and few flowered, many flowered overall inflorescence with large, involuate, cucullate bracts and carrying more or less stellate flowers with recurved apices,


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #8 2011 photo fide;