Crossoglossa dalstroemii (Dodson) Dodson 1993 Drawing by Dodson and Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 520 1989


Common Name Dalstroem's Crossoglossa [Danish Orchid Taxomonist and Artist current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a caulescent, basally branching stem enveloped by distichous, imbricating foliaceous leaf sheaths carrying narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through mid fall on a terminal, peduncle to 2" [5 cm] long, rachis to 2.8" [7 cm] long, densely spirally arranged, many flowered inflorescence with triangular, about as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying resupinate, light green flowers.

Distinguished by the obovate-cordiform lip that is less than 4mm long, the basal lobes of the lip with thickened margins and the blade of the lip with an excavation.

Synonyms *Malaxis dalstroemii Dodson 1989;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarumm Tropicarum Plate 520 Dodson 1989 as Malaxis dalstroemii drawing fide; *Native Ecuadorian Orchids 1: 149 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 225 [2] Orchidaceae AA - Cyrtidiorchis Dodson & Luer 2005