Cyrtopodium confusum L.C.Menezes 2008


Floral Comparison between C confusum, C braemii and C vernum

Photos by L C Menezes

Part sun Cool LATE Winter EARLY Spring

Common Name The Confused Cyrtopodium [refers to its similarity to C sarneyanum and C vernum]

Flower Size 1.64" [4.1 cm]

Found in the Federal District of Brazilia, Brazil in damp areas often flooded in the rainy season at elevations around 1300 meters as a large sized, cool growing terrestrial with partially buried, conical-ovate pseudobulbs carrying plicate, coriaceous, narrowly lanceolfate, acute leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, to [92 cm] long, paniculate, 5 branched, many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate floral bracts.

This species is similar to C braemii and C vernum but can be easily separated. From C sarneyanum it differs in its partially buried pseudobulbs instead of fully buried, and its paniculate, 5 branched inflorescence instead of a racemose to single branched inflorescence and its floral differences which can be seen above in the comparison photo. From C vernum it differs in its longer wider leaves and typically grows on mountain slopes in dry ground as wel las the floral differnces which can be seen above in the comparison photo.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bol. CAOB 69-70: 4 L C Menezes 2008 photos fide