Cranichis wageneri Rchb.f. 1876

Photo by the Costa Rica Linda Website

Herbarium Specimen

Herbarium specimen by The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Common Name Wagener's Cranichis [German Plant collector in Venezuela 1800's]

Flower Size small

Found in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru at elevations around 1000 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with 1 to 2 basal, broadly ovate-cordate, acute, petiolate to subsessile basally with entire to crenulate margins that blooms in the fall on an erect, to 8" [20 cm] long, glandular-pubescent, densely many flowered, subcapitate inflorescence enveloped below by pellucid, amplexicaul, acute bracts and has shorter or as long as the ovary, ovate, acuminate, glabrous floral bracts and carrying successively 1 to 3 at one time, short-lived, non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Cranichis costaricensis Schltr. 1923; Cranichis pilosa Fawc. & Rendle 1909; Cranichis subcordata Schltr.1906; Cranichis viereckii Ames 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as C pilosa drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as C viereckii; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Flora De Venezuela Vol 15 Part 1 Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 Drawing fide/photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 643 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correll 1985; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1513 Mora and Atwood 1993 drawing fide; Field Guide tothe Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Orchids of Jamaica Gloudon & Tobisch 1995 photo ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as C pilosa drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum,Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto etal 2005; Orchids of the Department of Valle de Cauca Colombia Vol 1 Kolanowska and Szlachetko 2012 drawing fide/photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide