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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Cyrtopodium (Greek for curved foot, from shape of lip). Orchidaceae. Epiphytes, grown in warmhouses.

Stems fusiform, bearing plicate Lvs.: scapes radical, bearing numerous fls., pure yellow or spotted with crimson; sepals and petals equal, free; column semi-terete; pollinia 2, caudicle short; gland ovate.—Species 3 or 4 in the tropics. They are large-growing plants, with large and showy fls. They need a rich, fibrous soil with manure. Grow in a warm or tropical house.

C. palmifrons, Reichb. f. & Warm. Sts. about 2 ft. tall, clothed with the lemon- yellow, purple - margined sheaths: Lvs. 6-8 in. long: panicle 12 - 15 in. long, many-fld. ; fls. about 1 in. across, lemon-colored, spotted rose-pink. Brazil. B.M. 7807. Oakes Ames. George V. Nash.


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