Cranichis tenuis Rchbf. 1865

Photo by Ricardo Valentin de la Rosa and his Ricardo's Puerto Rico Blog

Common Name The Delicate Cranichis

Flower Size 1/4" [8mm]

Found in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in soils of moist scrub forests at elevations of 650 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of orbicular-oblong to oblong, more or less acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer and fall on a terminal, erect, thin, 16" [40 cm] long, few to many flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate flowers.

CAUTION!!!!! According to Ackerman in 2014 this species is only occuring in the Carribean and so the drawing by Dunsterville & Garay's is from Venezuela. It appears that the species found in Venezuela also occurs in Colombia and may be C diphylla.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Catologo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1938; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm does not occur in Venezuela see caution = C diphylla; Moscosoa 4: 190 Dod 1986 Drawing fide; Catologo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide see caution line above; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide Not occuring in Venezuela so.....see caution line above = C diphylla; Orchidaceae Antilanae Nir 2000; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide Not occuring in Venezuela so..... see caution line above = C diphylla; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide to the first photo correct to Ackerman;