Cyrtochilum sphinx Dalström & G.Calat. 2010 SECTION Cimicifera Lindley

Photo by © Stig Dalström

Another Flower color

Photo by © Gary Yong Gee

Part Shade Cool ColdFall

Common Name The Sphinx-Like Column Cyrtochilum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southcentral Ecuador to northern Peru at elevations around 1990 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with caespitose, narrowly ovoid, slightly ancipitous pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 5 to 7 distichous, sheaths the uppermost leaf-bearing, and carrying a single, apical, linear-elliptic, obtuse to acute, conduplicate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an axillary, erect to arching, paniculate, with widely spaced, few to several flowered branches, to 12" [30 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with adpressed, scale-like bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #8 2011 photo fide; Orquideas de Zamora Chinchipe Tomo 1 Epidendroideae I Jimenenz 2014 photo fide;