(pronounced: kweet-law-ZEN-ah)


Maxillarieae subtribe Oncidiinae

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Caespitose epiphytes. Pseudobulbs ellipsoid-suborbicular, compressed. Leaves two, arching. Inflorescences long-pedunculate pendent racemes emerging from the new growth, the floral bracts inconspicuous. Flowers showy, fragrant, long-lasting. Sepals and petals subsimilar, subequal, free, spreading. Lip bilobulate, fan-shaped from a long claw, the callus fleshy. Column short, straight, with three conspicuous terminal wings; pollinia 2, on a common stipe and viscidium.


Named to honor Cuitlahuatzin, Governor of Iztapalapa and patron of horticulture.


A monotypic genus endemic to Mexico; closely allied to Osmoglossum Schlechter and Palumbina Reichenbach and formerly included in a broadly defined Odontoglossum.

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Halbinger, F. 1975. Cuitlauzina pendula. Orquidea (Mex.) 5(1):3-5.

Sandoval, E. 1993. Anatomía foliar de Cuitlauzina pendula. Orquidea (Mex.) 13(1-2):181-190.