Cranichis apiculata Lindl. 1842

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Plant in situ Guatemala

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Plant specimen

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Common Name The Apiculate Cranichis

Flower Size 1/4" [6 to 8 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in shady montane oak forests at elevations around 1200 to 1800 meters as a medium sized, pendulous, cool growing terrestrial orchid with basal, 5 nerved, green, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, to 18" [to 45 cm] long, rachis cylindric, 3 to 6" [7.5 to 15 cm] long, 40 to 50 flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchdis of Guatermala and Belize Ames and Correll 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing ok; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, etc 2005 photo ok; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018