Crossoglossa topoensis (Mansf.) Dodson 1993 Drawing by Dodson and Icones Plantarum Tropicarum ser. 2, 6: t. 528 Dodson 1989 as Malaxis topoensis

Common Name The Topo Crossoglossa [An area within Pastaza Ecuador]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador in wet upper montane cloud forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing terrestrial with a caulescent, basally recumbent stem enveloped by distichous, imbricating, foliaceous leaf sheaths and carrying narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on a terminal, erect, peduncle to 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, densely spirally arranged, many flowered inflorescence with triangular, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers

Distinguished by the ovatelip that is less the 4mm long, excavated in front of the thickened ring enveloping the column without a pair of calli.

Synonyms Malaxis topoensis (Mansf.) Dodson 1989; *Microstylis topoensis Mansf. 1937;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum ser. 2, 6: t. 528 Dodson 1989 as Malaxis topoensis drawing fide; *Native Ecuadorian Orchids 1: 149 Dodson 1993 Drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 225 [2] Orchidaceae AA - Cyrtidiorchis Dodson & Luer 2005

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