Cranichis candida (Barbosa) Cogn. 1895

Photo by Amerigo Docha Neto


Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

Plant in situ Alto de la Serra do Moji - Dos Cruzes Brazil with a Spider crab (Thomisus spectabilis)

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name or Meaning The White Cranichis

Flower Size 1/5" [.5 cm]

Found in Brazil in bright shady places at the forests edge in deep humus as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial found in colonies with a basal rosette of 2 to 6, close to the ground, membraneous, shiny, oval to oblong-elliptic to lanceolate, acute, deep green, reticulate nerved, attenuate below intothe pseudopetiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, 12" [30 cm] long overall, peduncle with 2 to 4, adpressed sheaths, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, to 60 flowered inflorescence with patent, lanceolate, acuminate shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Cranichis micrantha Griseb. 1879; Cranichis microphylla Porsch 1905; Cranichis parviflora L.O.Williams 1938; Cranichis similis Rchb.f. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as C similis; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as C micrantha; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as C microphylla; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as C similis; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; Die Orchideen #1 1-4 tafel 1&2 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257 - 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 drawing/photo ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as C similis drawing hmm; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo fide; The Organ Mountains Its history and its orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehauer 2008 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo Vol 1 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing good/photo hmm petals; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo ok