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(Greek for spiral, in reference to the structure of the lip). Orchidacese. A small group of orchids found at high elevations in South America, little grown, requiring treatment given Odontoglossum.
Pseudobulbous: flowers bright rose-color or scarlet, in long racemes; sepals equal or the side ones more or less joined; petals all much alike; lip clawed, the blade spreading and the side lobes rounded and perhaps reflexed, the middle lobe narrow. - Some of the species are retained by various authors in Odontoglossum and Mesopinidium.
Noetzliana, Rolfe. Pseudobulbs ovate-oblong, compressed, about 2 in. long, monodiphyllous: leaves linear: peduncles arcuate; flowers numerous, in graceful racemes, orange-scarlet, about 1 in. across; sepals oblong; petals rather ovate; labellum 3-lobed, disk yellow, otherwise similar in color to the petals. Andes. B.M. 7474. Gt. 43:1403. G.C.III. 16:71. O.R. 12:309.
Hort. Plants similar to C. Noetzliana: flowers rose-color. Peru. B.M. 6084. I.H. 18:66.
Benth. & Hook. Peduncles more or less erect: flowers larger than in the preceding, bright rose-color; labellum 3-lobed, provided with 4 ridges. Peru. B.M. 6001.
C. brasiliensis, Rolfe. Pseudobulbs tufted, oblong: leaves oblong-lanceolate: scapes erect or arching, with 6-13 greenish flowers Brazil. - -C. Floryi, Rolfe. Natural hybrid between C. Noetzliana and C. rosea. Flowers cinnabar-red with yellow crest; sepals lanceolate; pet-als elliptic oblong. Oakes AmES>