Cranichis ciliilabia C.Schweinf. 1949

Photo by Rolando Jimenez and Fliker Orchid Photo Website

Type Sheet

Type Collection sheet by Dressler and Harvard Orchid Collection Website

Deep shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Hairy Lipped Cranichis

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Jalisco, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico on steep moist banks in wet montane and cloud forests at elevations of [300] 1200 to 1800 [3000] meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 4, basal, rosulate, ovate, acute to short-acuminate, broadly cuneate to subtruncate below into the slender, channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, glabrous below, glandular pubescent above, 2 to 4 sheathed, 8" [20 cm] long overall, rachis 1.6" [4.5 cm] long, loosely 17 to 24 flowered, apically nodding [with the immature flowers] inflorescence carrying non-resupinate, showy flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Orchids of Mexico part 2-3 plate 544 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018