Cyrtochilum ioplocon (Rchb.f.) Dalström 2001 SECTION Myanthium Lindley

Another Angle

Photos by © Guido Deburghgraeve

Another Angle

Comparison of C ionoplocon [to the left] and C eduardii [on the right]

Photo by © Jay Pfahl


Original Drawing by © Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Violet Colored Curls Cyrtochilum [refers to the flowers color]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in subparamo on roadbanks at elevations around 2500 to 3200 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial witha thick, ascending rhizome givng rise to narrowly egshaped, aically narrow, laterally compressed, rather ancipitous, longitudinally grooved with age pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 3 to 4 pairs of distichous, imbricating, foliaceous sheaths and carrying 1 or 2, apical, lanceolate to strap-shaped, tapering to the acute apex, conduplicate below into the narrow, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an axillary, 31" [78 cm] long overall, rachis straight, 4 to 6 spreading lateral branched, each branch to 10 flowered many flowered inflorescence carrying star-shaped fragrant flowers and arising on the most recent matured pseudobulb.

Synonyms *Odontoglossum ioplocon Rchb. f. 1884

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as Odontoglossum ionoplocon photo fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 as Odontoglossum ioplocon photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 as Odontoglossum ioplocon photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #2 2010 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide