Cranichis parvula Renz 1948

Drawing by G Larsen and Dr Leslie Garay

TYPE drawing

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

Common Name The Insignificant Cranichis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in forests on banks at elevations around 500 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with several, basal, ovate to ovate-elliptic, acute, rounded below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, 2.4" [6 cm] long overall, loosely many flowered, racemose inflorescence with remotely several, leaf-like sheaths and lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, floral bracts.

Distinguished by the foliaceous peduncel, the glabrous ovary, the three nerved dordal sepal, the lip with a membraneous margin, the disc of the 3 nerved, papillose-verrucose lip, the single nerved, linear-oblong, entire margin petals, the short, broadly cylindric, loosely few flowered inflorescence, the ovate lip and the disc ballooned out from the base to the middle.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo good