Cranichis polyantha Schlechter 1920 Photo by Andreas Kaye and hisFlickr Photo Website

Another Flower Photo by Gary Yong Gee and his Gary Yong Gee Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name or Meaning The Many Flowered Cranichis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 2650 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 3, lanceolate, acute, thick, fleshy leaves with an elongate, channeled petiole that blooms in the summer on an erect, scapose, densely many flowered, 17 1/2" [to 44 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with 2 to 4, leaf-like, infundibuliform, membraneous, green bracts with tubular bases and basally clasping all carrying nonresupinate flowers.

Distinguished by the foliaceous peduncle, the glabrous ovary, the fleshy lip with a distinct membraneous margin, the 3 nerved, papillose-verrucose disc, the minutely ciliolate margin, more or less obliquely elliptic, obtuse to rounded petals and the 3 nerved dorsal sepal.

Synonyms Cranichis polyantha var. caquetaensis Renz 1948

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 47: 19 1929 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 424 Dodson 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 224 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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