Cyrtopodium longibulbosum Dodson & G.A.Romero 1993

Photo by The Ecuagenera Website

Part Sun Hot Winter

Common Name The Long Bulbed Cyrtopodium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 220 meters as a giant sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, fusiform, nodding to pendulous pseudobulbs carrying linear-lanceolate, dark green leaves that blooms in the winter on a paniculate, to 30" [to 75 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

This species has the distinction of being the largest orchid in the new world {excluding Vanilla which has vines that can reach 100' [30 meters]} with pseudobulbs up to 6' 10" [3.5 meters] long and leaves reaching 2.5' [85 cm] and is second only to Grammatophyllum speciosum which occurs in the old world and can reach 12' tall.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson & Escobar 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Orchids Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing/photo fide;