Cyrtopodium pflanzii Schltr. 1922 Photo by © Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Pflanz's Cyrtopodium

Flower Size .64" to .68" [1.7 to 1.8 cm]

Found in Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina as a giant sized cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, lightly complanate pseudobulbs enveloped by sheaths and carrying 6 to 8, erect-patent, straightly lanceolate, acute to acuminate apically, narrowing below into the base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, peduncle to 20" [50 cm] long, enveloped by longly evaginate, lightly acuminate sheaths and has wide, lanceolate, acuminate, more or less undulate margins, paniculate, branching, to more than 3' 4" [1 meter] long , laxly many flowered inflorescence

This is an unusual epiphytic Cyrtopodium from the Río Paraná basin. It is closely related to C. saintlegerianum, reported from Paraguay and Brazil. The collections from Argentina, identified as C. aliciae by Hoehne (1942), are probably referable to C. pflanzei. The species belongs to the C. punctatum complex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 25 1520 - 1584 Brieger 1991 drawing fide;