Cranichis lankesteri Ames 1923

Plant Photo by The Orchid Flora Bosque de la Paz Website

Inflorescence Photo by the Costa Rica Linda Website

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

Common Name Lankester's Cranichis [American Botanist in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica in deep shade of virgin, wet cloud forests at elevations around 1450 to 1650 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a short rhizome giving rise to 1 to 2, glossy, dark olive green, ovate, subcordate into the base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, brownish red, pubescent above, to 9" [22 cm] long, successviely to 25 flowered, racemose inflorescence with 2 to 3, lanceolate bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1417 Atwood & Mora 1992 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 3 Orchioideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmusen 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum,Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide;