Cranichis ovata Wikstrom 1827

Plant and Flower in Situ St Lucia

Photos by Roger Graveson and his The Plants of Saint Lucia Webpage

DrawingDrawing by Nir

Deep shadeWarm

Common Name The Ovate Cranichis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St Lucia and Grenada in semi-open and shady spots in lower montane rainforest, especially along forest paths at elevations aropund 100 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestral with to 4, basal, distally decreasing in size, ovate-cordate, acute leaves that blooms with leaf-like sheaths and terminating in a successively several, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, to linear-lanceolate, acuminate, as long as the ovary floral bracts carrying diaphonous, non-resupinate flowers.

Distinguished by the ovate-cordate to triangular-cordate leaves [C muscosa has elliptic to ovate elliptic leaves], the much smaller flowers [.4" in C muscosa] an almost orbicular lip [C muscosa has a lip that is longer than broad].

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing ok to photo fide to drawing;