ORIGIN/HABITAT: Brazil. Plants grow in cool, moist mountains in the States of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paraná, and Santa Catarina. Plants are reported to grow with Laelia Pumila at 3600 ft. (1100 m) in Rio de Janeiro. Miller & Warren (1994) report that Cirrhaea dependens is found in the Macaé de Cima Forest Reserve in northeastern Rio de Janeiro State, where it is almost always in deeply shaded primitive forests below 3950 ft. (1200 m) in areas of high humidity with almost no air movement. — Source: Charles Baker
FLOWERS: 15-20. The delicately fragrant blossoms are extremely variable in color, rather waxy, long-lived, face upward, and do not open fully. Sepals and petals vary from apple-green or yellowish to rich brown-red and may or may not be spotted or barred with chocolate-brown, dull red, or orange-red. Petals are usually more or less heavily marked so that they are sometimes almost completely red-purple in color. The lip, which is held uppermost, is white to pale purple and is usually barred with rich wine-purple on its long, tapering apical section while the concave central section and the very narrow basal claw may or may not be blotched or spotted. The column is usually white to reddish purple.