Type species: Cirrhaea dependens Loudon 1850
A fragrant Brazilian species with pendant inflorescences.
Photo by Dale and Deni Borders
Edited 18 December 2007
© Nina Rach
The genus Cirrhaea was established by Lindley's publication in the Botanical Register sub t. 930 (1825).
Image above represents Cirrhaea viridipurpurea, but was published as Gongora Viridi-Purpurea, Plate 2978, in Curtis' Botanical Magazine, New Series, Volume 4 (1830).
Image at right depicts Cirrhaea dependens, Plate 96 from "The Forgotten Orchids of Alexandre Brun," edited by Phil Cribb.
From the Orchid Guide Digest (online):
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 13:35:08 +0100
From: "Simon M. Wellinga" [S.M.Wellinga@symphyto.nl]
Subject: [OGD] [OGD V1 #108] Re: Culture of Cirrhaea species
Cirrhaea saccata and congenerics can very well be grown together with Gongora species in a partially shaded intermediate to warm greenhouse. Summer temperatures may range from 26-32 °C (79-90 °F) days and 18-24 °C (64-75 °F) nights, winter temperatures from 18-22 °C (64-71°F) days and 14-16 °C (57-61°F) nights. As a function of lower temperatures, watering should be reduced during winter, without the pseudobulbs becoming wrinkled too much. The main peak of flowering occurs between March-June. Cirrhaea species do very well in a 3:1 mixture of a fine grade pine bark and sphagnum moss, but are definitely less vigorous growers than Gongora.
Hoping this helps,
Simon M. Wellinga / SymPhyto - Laboratory for in vitro plant propagation
Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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Phil Cribb (1992) The Forgotten Orchids of Alexandre Brun. New York: Grove Press. 4to. 159 pp. 59 full page reproductions; drawings; pictorial endpapers.
William Jackson Hooker (1830) Curtis' Botanical Magazine, New Series, 4: t.2978. London. [as Gongora Viridi-Purpurea]
International Plant Names Index [IPNI]
Dept. of Stanhopeinae: The Genus Cirrhaea, in: Oasis The Journal, v.1 ed.2
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