Cranichis sylvatica A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845>

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; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005;