Cycnoches

Cycnoches peruvianum plate.jpg
Cycnoches peruvianum plate from
Lindenia Iconographie des Orchidées

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Catasetinae
Alliance:
Genus: Cycnoches
Lindley 1832
Type Species
Cycnoches loddigesii


Cycnoches, abbreviated as Cyc in horticultural trade, is a genus of about 25 species of orchids native to tropical America.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

Species of the genus Cycnoches are usually found in from Mexico, through central America into southern Panama. Plants are found growing in humid to moist forests and on fallen rotten logs

Description[edit | edit source]

Plants produce unisex flowers that have pollina that can be injected into the pollinator.

Culture[edit | edit source]

Grow in intermediate to warm conditions with partially bright light. Water regularly during growing season and when plants drop leaves during dormancy reduce watering. During dormancy only water about twice a month to keep pseudobulbs from shriveling. Resume watering normally when new growths occur in spring. Plants can die easily from over watering. Plants are usually grown in bark with perlite, cork, full sphagnum moss, and tree fern. Female flowers will often be produced when high light and low moisture is present. While male flowers are produced in shadier situation of higher moisture.

Naming[edit | edit source]

The genus is named after the flower's similarities to a swan's neck

Synonyms[edit | edit source]

  1. Cycnauken Lemaire 1845

Species[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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