Cycnoches (Species and Hybrids)
'The Swan Orchid' can be divided into two categories. In the eu-Cycnoches section, the male (staminate) and female (pistillate) flowers resemble each other closely. In the heteranthe section, the male and female flowers are distinctly different in the lip form and appear to be separate species. Both male and female flowers are attractive though the female flower often has larger segments.
Cycnoches are susceptible to rot. The pseudobulbs last two or three years. These grow and flower their first year, produce another pseudobulb the next, and gradually completely decline by the end of their third year. The growths are sympodial with very large, thick pseudobulbs covered in a layer of paper and with a spray of large veined leaves mostly near the top of the pseudobulb.
After flowering, the leaves drop and the plant requires a dry rest until beginning to grow again until new roots are three to five inches long. Many orchidists repot these orchids during the dry rest, often dividing the plant so that there is one pseudobulb per pot. These plants have unisexual flowers, meaning male and female flowers occur on separate plants and occasionally on the same spike of a plant. The sex of flower may be induced by temperature and light intensity but there are many theories on this. One to a few spikes per pseudobulb and several flowers on each are the norm. The more mature plant with larger pseudobulbs will produce more flowers. Since the pseudobulbs only last three years, it will be difficult to produce a specimen plant. These plants grow best with intermediate to warm temperatures, 70-80°F (21-27C) during the day and 10-15°F (6-8C) cooler at night.
Below are links to culture, species and hybrid information on the Cychnodes.
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Included in this area are various discussions related to the Cychnodes, except for culture. Culture related items can be discovered in it's own presentation area. Some example of the content here will be various articles and forum discussions that are of interest and specific to Cychnodes.
Included in this area are various discussions related to the culture of Cychnodes. Some example of the content here will be various culture sheets and a variety of content that are of interest and specific to Cychnodes culture.
A discussion on select species of the Cychnodes. Photos, AOS award information, where the species originated, care and culture and more from various sources on the Internet all categorized under specific species. Of course you could look for this information on your own, but somebody has done it for you.
A couple things to consider regarding species orchids;
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, species orchids are not always the best looking of the best.
- Species are not as forgiving to unintentional neglect that hybrids can tolerate.
A presentation on select hybrids of the Cychnodes. Photos, AOS award information, where the species originated, care and culture and more from various sources on the Internet all categorized under specific hybrids. Of course you could look for this information on your own, but somebody has done it for you. To further explore an orchid, click and follow the link of the orchid's name in bold.
Direct Links to Some Popular Cychnodes' Content
Cycnoches chlorochilon The Green-Lipped Cycnoches - in Venezuela "El Pelicano"