Cyrtochilum vasquezii (Christenson) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 Drawing by Bennett & Christenson

Common Name Vasquez's Cyrtochilum [Bolivian Orchid Ethusiast current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Bolvia in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending bracteate rhizome giving rise to basally thickened, attenuate above pseudobulbs enveloped almost completely by linear, foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear, conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms in the summer on an axillary, erect, linear, racemose, to 6" 15 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence carrying small, white with magenta marked flowers.

This species differs from C pusilum by its nearly completely connate lateral sepals, shorter than the ovary floral bracts, a more slender column and magenta marked flowers. C pusillum has pure white flowers and less connate lateral sepals, floral bracts longer than the ovary and a thicker column.

Synonyms *Buesiella vasquezii Christenson 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 203 Dodson 1989 as Buesiella pusilum drawing fide; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 611 Bennett & Christenson 2001 on rear of plate for C suarezii and refers to the drawing of B pusillum on Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 203 Dodson 1989