Cranichis elliptica Schltr. 1921 TYPE Drawing by Dodson and Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson & Escobar 1993

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cold Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Elliptic Cranichis

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 3150 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 1 or 2, basal, elliptic to obovate-elliptic, acute to abruptly acuminate, basally more or less round into the channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through fall on a terminal, erect, peduncle remotely several sheathed, glabrous below, slightly pubescent above, to 14.8" [to 37 cm] long, rachis to 5.2" [to 13 cm] long, densely glandular pubescent, cylindrical, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceoalte, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts. and carrying pale brownish to deep chestnut in color flowers with a white lip with brownish green to deep brown, almost black, reticulate venation.

Distinguished by the non-foliaceous peduncle, the green leaves, the ciliate margins of the petals, the glandular-pubescent ovary, and the auriculate base of the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 47: 76 1929 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson & Escobar 1993 drawing fide Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005;

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