Cranichis antioquiensis Schltr 1920

Inflorescence Photos by Karl Senghas and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower? no hairs on petals

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Drawing Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and the Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Antioquia Cranichis [A department of Colombia where the orchid occurs]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 3500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 1 to 2 basal, suberect, ovate, subacuminate, shortly cordate basally, glabrous, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, thick, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

The photos by Karl Senghas are absolutely correct, the photo by Alex Reynolds without hairy petals and with the longer lip is suspect as it came from Peru where to date the species has not been recorded according to references available to me at this time.

Synonyms Cranichis curtii Schltr. 1923; Cranichis irazuensis Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideenfloren Der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 83. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as C curtii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 83. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as C irazuensis; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 47: 17 1929 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as C ciliata not = C antioquenisis drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo good; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 as C fertilis photo fide

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