Cyrtochilum microxiphium (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

Photo by Ron Parsons and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Small Toothed Cyrtochilum

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in Cochabamba and La Paz departments of Bolivia on mossy trees in upper elevation cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with smooth, ovoid, somewhat laterally compressed, close set on the rhizome pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several pairs of imbricating, leaf-bearing sheaths carrying 2, apical, erect to arching, strap-shaped, light green, widest at the middle, tapering towards both ends, acute, narrowing below into the logitudinally folded, petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect then pendent if not supported by surrounding branches of trees and shrubs, climbing,twining, to 5' [150 cm] long, paniculate, all the flowers in the apical half, with 6" between the 2" long, slightly fractiflex, few flowered branches, many flowered inflorescence arising through one of the uppermost sheath-like bracts.

Synonyms *Oncidium microxiphium Rchb.f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 567 Dodson 1982 darwing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 #1 1998 photo fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005 photo not = C volubile; Orchid Species Culture; Oncidium/Odontoglossum Alliance Bakers 2006;