Cycnoches pentadactylon

Cycnoches pentadactylon male
Male flowers
Cycnoches pentadactylon female
Female flowers

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Cymbidieae
SubTribe: Catasetinae
Genus: Cycnoches
Species: Cyc. pentadactylon
Binomial name
Cycnoches pentadactylon
Lindley 1843

Cycnoches pentadactylon is a species of Cycnoches found in South America.


Plant blooms in the summer with many 10 cm wide fragrant flowers.


Plant is found growing in the wet montane forest of Brazil and Peru at elevations of 750 to 1000 meters.


Grow in warm conditions with partially bright light. Water regularly during growing season and when plants drop leaves during dormancy reduce watering. During dormancy only water about twice a month to keep pseudobulbs from shriveling. Resume watering normally when new growths occur in spring. Plants can die easily from over watering. Plants are usually grown in bark with perlite, cork, full sphagnum moss, and tree fern. Female flowers will often be produced when high light and low moisture is present. While male flowers are produced in shadier situation of higher moisture.


Common name: The Five Fingered Cycnoches


  1. Cycnoches amesianum Sandw. ?
  2. Cycnoches espiritusantense Brade 1942

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