Cranichis ricartii Ackerman 1989 Photo by Dr Juan Ricart and The Flora de Nuestros Pueblos Website

Part shade Hot Warm Fall Winter

Common Name or Meaning Ricart's Cranichis [Dr Juan Ricart Puerto Rican Orchid Enthusiast current] ]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands in moist serpentine scrub forests at elevations of 450 to 750 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with several, basal, erect, green, ovate to broadly elliptic, obtuse, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, terminal, scapose, glabrous below, glandular-pubescent above, peduncle with tubular-lanceolate bracts partially sheathing the stem, to 6.8" [17 cm] long, rachis to 4" [10 cm] long, Many flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glandular-pubescent floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate, small flowers that superficially resemble Prescotia oligantha but differs by the short clawed labellum which lacks conspicuous basal auricles, by the green sepals which are not connate and their tips do not curl and a less congested inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antilanae Nir 2000; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide

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