Cyrtochilum tetracopis (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

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Photos by Guido Deburghgraeve


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Part shade Coldspring

Common Name The Four-Edged Cyrtochilum

Flower Size 1.7" [4.4 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia at elevations around 2450 to 2800 meters meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial or occasional lithophyte with lightly compressed, generally smooth, narrowly ovate pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 pairs of leafless and leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 2, apical, strap-shaped, acute, keeled behind, sharply grooved and conduplicate becoming petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, from the base through the leaf sheaths, suberect, to 98" [to 250 cm] long, peduncle to 40" [100 cm] long, paniculate, rachis to 60" [150 cm] long, many branched, each to 20" [50 cm] long with irregularily spaced, to 7 flowered, secondary branches along their lengths, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cyrtochilum chrysodipterum (A.H.Kent) Kraenzl. 1917; Cyrtochilum chrysodipterum var. claesianum Kraenzl.1922; Cyrtochilum ludens (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917; Oncidium chrysodipterum A.H.Kent 1894; Oncidium chrysodipterum var. claesianum Cogn. 1902; Oncidium ludens Rchb.f. 1885; *Oncidium tetracopis Rchb.f. 1873

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Oncidium chrysodipterum; Das Pflanzanreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Das Pflanzanreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as C chrysodipterum drawing ok; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Oncidium tetracopsis drawing fide; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as C ludens drawing good; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:180 Schlechter 1924 s C chrisodipterum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Oncidium chrysodipterum photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1975 as Oncidium tertacopsis drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Oncidium tetracopis drawing fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 as Oncidium tetrocopis photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture Odontoglossum/Oncidium Alliance Bakers 2006; ; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide