Cyrtochilum parviflorum (Ruiz & Pav.) Pupulin 2012 SECTION Myanthium Lindley

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Common Name The Small Flowered Cyrtochilum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2250 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte on small trees with ovate, slightly compressed, longitudinally grooved pseudobulbs carrying 2 apical, linear, to linear-lanceolate, acute leaves that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a basal, to 118" [300 cm] long, somewhat twinning, branched that often branches again with short, somewhat fractiflex, few flowered, many flowered overall inflorescence with close set branches.

SynonymsBletia parviflora Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Cyrtochilum fractum (Rchb. f.) Kraenzl. 1922; Cyrtochilum medellinense Kraenzl. 1917; Cyrtochilum parviflorum (Ruiz & Pav.) Pupulin 2012; Dasyglossum fractum (Rchb. f.) Königer & Schildhauer 1994; Irenea fracta (Rchb.f.) Szlach., Mytnik, Górniak & Romowicz 2006; Odontoglossum fractum Rchb. f. 1877; Odontoglossum medellinense (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920; Odontoglossum microthyrsus Kraenzl. 1906; Trigonochilum fractum (Rchb.f.) Senghas 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Das Pflanzenreich Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as C medellinense drawing hmm; Orchids of Peru Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960 as B parviflora; Orchids of Peru Vol 4 Schweinfurth 1961 as Odontoglossum microthyrsus; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0115 Dodson & Bennett 1989 as Odontoglossum fractum drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 731 Bennett & Christenson 2001 as Odontoglossum microthyrsus drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 2 2001 as Cyrtochilum fractum; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002 drawing fide; Machu Picchu Orchids Christenson 2003 as Odontoglossum fractum photo ok; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005 as Cyrtochilum fractum; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium/Odontoglossum alliance Bakers 2006 as Cyrtochilum fractum; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide