Cyrtochilum trilingue (Lindl.) Kraenzl. 1917 SECTION Eucyrtochilum Kranzlin

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Photo by Rick Cirino

Common Name The Three Tongued Cyrtochilum [refers to the lip calli]

Flower Size 1.4" [3.5 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations around 2330 meters as a large sized, cold growing terrestrial with ovoid-ellipsoid, slightly compressed pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 6 to 7 pairs of distichous, imbricating, graduating, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying 1 to 3, apical, strap-shaped to narrowly lanceolate, acute, gradually tapering below into a conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a basal, to 6' to 9' [2 to 3 meters] long, twining, peduncle with lanceolate, appressed bracts, paniculate, few, laxly, 3 to 6 flowered branches, many flowered inflorescence with conspicuous, broadly ovate, acute floral bracts all carrying showy flowers

Synonyms Cyrtochilum kienastianum (Rchb.f.) Kraenzl. 1917; Cyrtochilum rolfeanum (Sander) Kraenzl. 1922; Oncidium kienastianum Rchb.f. 1878; Oncidium rolfeanum Sander 1892; *Oncidium trilingue Lindl. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 drawing fide; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as C keinastianum drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 as Oncidium kienastianum; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 as Oncidium trilingue; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 33 - 36 2057 - 2308 Brieger 1997 drawing/photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Icones Orchidaceaerum Peruviarum Plate 626 Bennet & Christenson 2001 drawing not = C detortum; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006; ; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014;