Cyrtorchis arcuata

Cyrtorchis arcuata

Cyrtorchis arcuata is a small African orchid with night-fragrant white flowers.

It belongs to the family Orchidaceae, sub-family Epidendroideae, tribe Vandeae, sub-tribe Angraecinae, genus Cytorchis.

Description:

Cyrtorchis arcuata is a small epiphytic, sometimes terrestrial monopodial orchid of 10-20 cm height.

It has a thick stem, up to 30 long, and often forms large clumps.

The leaves are leathery or fleshy, more or less flat, not folded along the length, linear, oblong or elliptical, up to 20 cm long and 2.5 cm wide.

The inflorescences are 8-18 cm long, with about 10 flowers. The flowers are star-shaped, sweet-smelling at night, 2.5-3 cm in diameter, white, orange with age. The calyx, petals and lip are similar, lanceolate, pointed, recurved at the top. The spur is 3-6 cm long, greenish, curved.

Nomenclature:

Synonyms:

Angorchis arcuata, Angorchis sedenii, Angraecum arcuatum, Angraecum sedenii, Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. arcuata, Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. leonensis, Cyrtorchis arcuata subsp. variabilis, Cyrtorchis arcuata var. variabilis, Cyrtorchis bracteata, Cyrtorchis sedenii, Listrostachys arcuata, Listrostachys sedenii

Etymology:

Cyrtorchis: from the Greek kyrtos (bent, curved) and orchis (orchid)
Arcuata: from the Latin arcuatus (bent)

Origin:

Sub-Saharan Africa



Habitat:

Cloud forests, between 600 and 2,500 m altitude

Care:

Temperature:

Day: 10-20 °C
Night: 10-15 °C

Light:

Sun, partial shade

Water:

Keep the substrate moist

Substrate:

Fine bark mixed with perlite or coco peat

Feed:

Specialized orchid fertilizer every week during the growing period, nothing in winter

Pot:

Hanging basket or mounted on bark or cork board

Repotting:

Every 2 years

Propagation:

By division in spring, when repotting

Image sources

  • Cyrtorchis arcuata: Orchi

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