Cryptocentrum latifolium Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Cryptocentrum Lehmannii Complex

Photo by Mark Whitten

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt

FragranceFull shadeHotCoolSpring THROUGHFall

Common Name or Meaning The Broad-Leafed Cryptocentrum

Flower Size 3/4 [2.1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in very wet montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1600 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing, monopodial epiphyte with an erect stem carrying distichous, broad, strap-shaped, conduplicate below leaves that blooms in the spring through fall on an erect to lateral, basal, 4 [10 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence and has flowers that are deliciously fragrant at night.

This species is distinguished from others more by the broad, strap-shaped leaves and the basal inflorescence enveloped by many acute bracts with the acute floral bract larger and enveloping the ovary and spur of the flowers.

Synonyms Cryptocentrum latifolium var. brachypetalum Garay 1953; Maxillaria amplifoliata Molinari 2015

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 247. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 032 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1308 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo = C lehmannii; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: 474 Carnevali 2001; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo ok; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orquideologia Vol 27 #1 2010 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #2 2011 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide/photo not; 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 as C cf. latifolium photo fide