Cyrtochilum llanachagaense (D.E.Benn. & Christenson) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SECTION Neodryas

Drawing by Alcantara, Bennett & Christenson

Common Name The Llanchaga-Chemellin National Cloud Forest Reserve Cyrtochilum

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Pasco dwpartment of Peru in cloud forests on exposed slopes at elevations around 1800 to 2100 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with ovoid, tapering towards the apex, glabrous pseudobulbs subtended by foliaceous sheaths the uppermost somewhat smaller than the leaves but broader carrying 1 to occasionally 2, linear-oblanceolate, long tapering into the conduplicate petiolate bsae leaves taht blooms in the summer on an axillary, arching-erect, pedunculate, peduncle ornamented with several distant, ovate bracts, paniculate, 5 to 6 branched, each branch to 1.6" [4 cm] long, fractiflex, main terminal rachis 6 to 8 flowered, fractiflex, to 10" [25 cm] long overall, many flowered inflorescence with less than half the length of tyhe ovary floral bracts and carrying campanulate, white flowers with purple spots at the base.

Similar to C alba but differs in the larger plant with much smaller flowers with the lateral sepals fused for less than half their lenght, has a finely denticulate lip midlobe and has narrower column wings.

Synonyms *Neodryas llanachagaensis D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 720 Bennett & Christenson 2001 as Neodryas llanchagensis drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014 as Neodryas llanachagaensis