Cyrtopodium virescens Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881

Plant and Flowers in situ Bolivia Photo by © José Luis Panozo Añez

Another Flower Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Greenish Cyrtopodium

Flower Size 1 4/5" [4.75 cm]

This is a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial species from Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay and can be found in wet forests in open areas at elevations around 540 meters with ovoid to conical pseudobulbs enveloped by leaf bases which in time fall away and leave conspicuous abscission marks and carrying linear-lanceolate, acute, deciduous, basally plicate leaves and blooms in the spring on a robust, erect, to 4' [120 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with apical branching and long-lived, lily scented flowers.

Synonyms Cyrtopodium buchtienii Schlechter 1929; Cyrtopodium orophilum Hoehne 1910; Cyrtopodium virens Hoehne 1942 spalm; Cyrtopodium virescens Rchb.f & Warsc. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1881; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as C orophilum drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI 97 - 114 Hoehne 1942 as C virens drawing fide; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as C virens drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960 as C buchtienii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as C virens drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0043 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as Cyrtopodium buchtienii drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 no 1 1995 photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 #8 2007 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo good as C buchtienii