This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(Greek for curved foot, from shape of lip). Orchidaceae. Epiphytes, grown in warmhouses.
Stems fusiform, bearing plicate leaves: scapes radical, bearing numerous flowers, pure yellow or spotted with crimson; sepals and petals equal, free; column semiterete; pollinia 2, caudicle short; gland ovate. - Species 3 or 4 in the tropics. They are large-growing plants, with large and showy flowers They need a rich, fibrous soil with manure. Grow in a warm or tropical house.
Andersonii, R. Br. stems 5 ft. high: leaves long, lanceolate, sheathing at the base: scape often 3 ft. high, branching, bearing many yellow flowers; sepals and petals broad, bright yellow, the labellum brighter, front lobe slightly concave. Specimens with over 100 flowers have been recorded. tropical Amer. B.M. 1800.
Lindl. Habit as above: scape from 2-3 ft. high, branching about midway, dotted with dull purple, the branches subtended by membranaceous sheathing bracts, which are lanceolate, undulating, and dotted with crimson; sepals oblong-lanceolate, undulate, greenish yellow blotched with crimson; petals similar, spotted at the base; labellum 1/2in. long, fleshy, bright yellow, lateral lobes crimson, midlobe spotted and margined with crimson; column green. Extensively distributed through S. Amer. B.M. 3507. F.S. 22:2352. R.B. 30:158. variety Saintlegerianum, Hort. (C. Saintlegerianum, Reich, f.). Has brighter markings on the bracts and flowers J.H. 111.50:91.
(Cyrtopera Woodfordii, Lindl.). stems fusiform: leaves lanceolate: scape radical, bearing a many-flowered raceme; flowers greenish, with a purple labellum; sepals linear-lanceolate; petals oblong. Trinidad, Martinique. B.M. 1814.
C. palmifrons, Reichb. f. & IWarm. stems about 2 ft. tall, clothed with the lemon-yellow, purple - margined sheaths: leaves 6-8 in. long: panicle 12 - 15 in. long, many-flowered; flowers about 1 in. across, lemon-colored, spotted rose-pink.
Brazil. B.M. 7807. qakes ames
George V. Nash.†