Cranichis subumbellata A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845 Photo by Johnson Bridgewater and Flickr Orchid Photo 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 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool 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 early 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; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005;