Cyrtochilum pastorellii (Dodson & D.E. Benn.) Senghas 1997 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

Side View of Flower

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Part Shade Cold Fall

Common Name Pastrorell's's Cyrtochilum [Peruvian Illustrator of Orchids current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Huanaco department of Peru in wet, cold cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with close set, ovate-pyriform, lightly sulcate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 pairs of imbricate, articulated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an axillary, paniculate, ascending, twisting-undulate, short, lateral, 3 to 5 flowered branches, to 5' [150 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate-triangular, acuminate floral bracts.

Many references put this one as a synonym of C cordata and they are close but C pastorelli has a spine at either side of the column while C cordatum has a fringe, as well as differences in the lateral sepals and the calli on the lip and the lip's overall shape

Synonyms *Oncidium pastorellii Dodson & D.E. Benn. 1989

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 138 Bennett & Christenson 1989 drawing okish; Orchid Digest Vol 60 No 2 1996 as C sp pg 56photo fide; *Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014 as Oncidium pastorellii