Cranichis revoluta Hamer & Garay 1982

TYPE drawing by Hamer & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Revolute Cranichis [refers to the revolute sidelobes of the flowers which are folded back and away and cannot be folded back forward without breaking]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in at least Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua in ravines within pine oak forests and montane rain forests at elevations of 1400 to 1850 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 4, basal, elliptic to ovate, shortly acuminate, basally rounded below into the channeled, longly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, erect, peduncle 10.8 to 22.4" [27 to 56 cm] long, terete, glabrous, with 3 infundibuliform, oblong lanceolate, acute sheaths, rachis glabrous, cylindrical, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, mostly simultaneously 40 to 60 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, somewhat transluscent floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, whitish flowers with coffee-red lines on the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 641 Hamer & Garay 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Orchids of Mexico parts 2-3 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018