Cranichis tenuis Rchbf. 1865 Photo by Ricardo Valentin de la Rosa and his Ricardo's Puerto Rico Blog

Photo See Caution Below!!!!! Photo by Carlos Jerez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing See Caution Below!!!!! Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Drawing See Caution Below!!!!! Original Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay 1979

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 drawings by Padre Ortiz in Colombia represented here and Dunsterville & Garay's drawings as well as Fernandez Photo are from Venezuela and represent another species but he does not say which. I leave them all here until it can be sorted out. It appears that the species found in Venezuela also occurs in Colombia.


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; 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; Orchidaceae Antilanae Nir 2000; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide Not occuring in Venezuela so..... see caution line above; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide to the first photo correct to Ackerman;