cyrtochilum-mendax-2023-10-31-(1) (1)

Cyrtochilum-mendax-2023-10-31 *SITF confirms that this plant is Cyrtochilum mendax (Nov 2023).

This plant matches the description of Cyrtochilum mendax; the two purple wings near the top of the column match and the general structure of the lip and its crests are correct. This flower matches photos of C. mendax in the IOSPE, especially the photo by Harry Zelenko, which were noted to have been vetted by Dalstrom and Deburghgraeve. There appears to be some color and marking variations in the species. A drawing and description of the species by Baker and Baker can be found in the OW.

Judging Center: WPBJC

Award Number: 20231629

Award Date: September 13, 2023

Awarded As: Cyrtochilum mendax

Colombia species
Juan Saldarriaga

Keels different from halteratum

Plant > Overall length of growth/cane: 46 cm

Plant Leaf > number of leaves per growth or cane: 6

Plant > Leaf Length: 44.5

Plant > Leaf Width: 4.2

Plant > Leaf Margin: smooth

Plant > Leaf Shape: lanceolate-oblong

Plant > Leaf petiole length (apex of pseudobulb or stem to leaf base proper): n/a

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Length: 11 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Width: 9 cm

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Margin: oblong

Plant > Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul distance between growths along rhizome:: 5 cm

Plant >Pseudobulb/Growth/Ramicaul Root Tip Color: n/a

Inflorescence > Overall Length: 415 cm

Inflorescence > Arrangement: wreath arrangement by owner

Inflorescence > Distance from base of inflorescence to first bud or branch: 147 cm

Inflorescence > distance between flowers along inflorescence: 2.5 cm

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 4.0

Inflorescence > distance from inflorescence to base of sepals: 4.0

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Length: 2.2 cm

Inflorescence > Floral Bracts Width: .9 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Length: 4.0 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Width: 0.2 cm

Inflorescence > Ovary Shape: cyclindrical tube

Inflorescence > Ovary Color: green base, overlaid magenta

Inflorescence > Ovary Texture: glossy

Flower Natural Spread Length: 7.0

Flower Natural Spread Width: 5.5

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Length: 3.0

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Width: 2.5

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Length: 0

Flower > Dorsal Sepal Cauda Width: 0

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Length: 3.5

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Width: 2.0

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Length: 0

Flower > Lateral sepals or synsepal Caudae Width: 0

Flower > Petals Length: 3.0

Flower > Petals Width: 2.5

Flower > Petals Caudae Length: 0

Flower > Petals Caudae Width: 0

Flower > Lip or Pouch Length: 2.9

Flower > Lip or Pouch Width: 2.5

Flower > Lip or Pouch> characters of lip (calli, spurs, keels, etc.): keels red with white margins

Flower > Column Length: 1.0

Flower > Column Width: 1.2

Flower > Column Color: light magenta

Flower > Anther Cap Color: cream



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