Cryptocentrum gracilipes Schltr. 1923

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers Photos by Spiro Kasomenakis and his The Epidendra Website

Full shade Warm CoolLATESpring

Common Name The Delicate Column Foot Cryptocentrum

Flower Size 1" [2.6 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte without pseudobulbs but with an erect, short stem carrying coriaceous, spreading, approximate, linear-ligular, obtuse to unequally emarginate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the late spring on a numerous, slender, erect to arching, usually nearing the length of the leaves, single flowered inflorescence that have several, papery, tubular, imbricating bracts and a floral bract that is as long as the floral tube.

Related to C lehmannii

CAUTION I have no real way of verifying this determination so please use with caution, Williams 1946 states that the flowers are tan to brownish olive.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Vanishing Beauty Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin etal 2005