Cranichis gibbosa Lindl. 1845

Drawing by Newburg and The Harvard Herbaria Website

Common Name The Humped Cranichis

Flower Size Small

Found in Colombia and Ecuador as a medium sized terrestrial with several, basal, rosulate, narrowly elliptic to narrowly ovate-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate, imbricating sheath base leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, to obliquely ascending, distantly several sheathed, to 8" [20 cm] long, more or less secund, loosely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute to subacuminate shorter than the ovaries floral bracts.

Distinguished by the foliaceous peduncle, the glabrous sepals that are more than .12" [3mm] long, the secund rachis, the linear-oblong petals with 3 nerves, and the saccate entire lip with the same texture throughout, as long as broad, membraneous, lip without a central keel.

Synonyms Cranichis ecuadorensis Schltr. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora of Ecuador No 9 Vol 225 [1] Orchidceae Garay 1978; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing ok; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014