Cryptarrhena kegelii Rchb.f. 1852


Plant and Flowers

Photos By Danny Lentz plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Society


Common Name or Meaning Kegel's Cryptarrhena [Orchid Gardener at the Halle Botanical Garden Germany 1800's]

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Fr Guiana, Surinam, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 30 to 900 meters in shaded, very humid forests as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte without pseudobulbs and having imbricate leaf-sheaths and articulate, oblanceolate leaves and blooms in the winter through early summer on an axillary, 10 to 11" [25 to 27.5 cm] long, pendant, many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Cryptarrhena brasiliensis Brade 1935; Cryptarrhena unguiculata Schltr. 1921;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as C unguiculata; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 as C lunata drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 5 Foldats 1970 as C lunata drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as C lunata drawing good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 024 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing not; LANKESTERIANA 19(2).125 - 193 Ossenbach & Jenny 2019 as C unguiculata drawing fide