Cranichis sylvatica A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845

Photo by Moises Behar

Side View of Flower

Photo by Rene Medrano


Original Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Forest Living Cranichis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in tall evergreen forests at elevations around 1000 to 1550 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 3 to 5 basal, silvery-green, dark green reticulate above, silvery beneath, velvety, ovate-elliptic, abruptly subapiculate, gradually narrowing below into the slender, winged petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, glabrous below, lightly pubescent above, to 16" [40 cm] long overall, smooth, green, rachis 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, few flowered inflorescence with a few sheaths.

Synonyms Cranichis pseudociliata Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as C pseudociliata; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 642 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 as Ponthieva triloba photo fide; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005; AOS Bulletin Vol 79 #7 2010 photo not????/; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018