(pronounced: sih-SHWINE-fee-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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Miniature caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ellipsoid, compressed, subtended by foliaceous bracts. Inflorescences short axillary racemes. Flowers resupinate. Sepals and petals subsimilar, subequal, free, spreading. Lip unlobed, tubular, without callus. Column straight, with basal prong-like wings, without foot, the clinandrium conspicuously hooded; pollinia 2, on a common spatulate stipe and minute viscidium.


Named to honor the orchidologist Charles Schweinfurth who specialized in the orchids of Peru.


A genus of eight species in southern Central America and South America.

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Dressler, R. L. and N. H. Williams 1970. An overlooked genus in the Oncidiinae. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 39(11):988-994.

Senghas, K. 1970. Cischweinfia pusilla (C. Schweinf.) Dressl. & Wms. 1970. Die Orchidee 46(6): Orchideenkartei Seite 815-816.