Cranichis subumbellata A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845 Photo by © Johnson Bridgewater and Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Morelos state of Mexico


Photo/Drawing by © ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 The Herbario AMO Website


Common Name The Almost Umbellate Rachis Cranichis

Flower Size Small

Found in central and southern Mexico and Guatemala in shaded ravines in rich humus soils amongst rocks at elevations around 1200 to 2250 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 3, basal or nearly so, broadly ovate, subcordate, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and fall on a terminal, erect, 4 to 12" [10 to 30 cm] long, peduncle, with, narrow, fragile bracts, rachis to .8" [2 cm] long, subumbellate, usually broader than long, 10 to 20 flowered inflorescence with pale scarious, ovate, long acuminate floral bracts and carrying the flowers curved out and horizontally spreading.

Synonyms Cranichis ecuadorensis Schltr. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo Galaciana Vol 16 Orchidaceae Mcvaugh 1985; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing fide/photo fide; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005;