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Overview of the Genus

Cyrtopodium R. Br. has a Neotropical distribution
ranging from southern Florida to northern
Argentina. Despite the showy flowers of
many species, the genus has never received
much attention from orchid enthusiasts and cultivators.
Recently, with an ever increasing colonization
of the cerrado of central Brazil and
interest in orchids, many species have become
available and interest in the cultivation of
Cyrtopodium has grown. About 50 species are
known in the genus with the greatest concentration
found in Brazil. There are few specific works about the genus.
The Brazilian species were revised by Cogniaux
(1898–1902) in Flora Brasiliensis and Hoehne
(1942) in Flora Brasilica. Warming (1884) and
Menezes (2000) provided color illustrations and
observations about the habitat and ecological
preferences of many of the species. Sánchez
(1986) reviewed the species found inArgentina.
The species found along
the Andes, however, have never been revised.


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