Cryptocentrum dunstervilleorum Carnevali & G.A.Romero 1994Photo by Andres Posada and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing As C gracillimum Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Dunsterville's Cryptocentrum [American Orchid Enthusiasts in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Guyana and southeastern Venezuela in wet forests at elevations of 500 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a swollen base consisting of leaf bases and carrying 3 to 5, apical, erect, smooth, light green, rather soft, thick, fleshy, lightly sulcate on the inner face, smoothly round on the back, linear to terete, acute leaves that blooms on a basal, dark brown, to 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence .

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination, mostly because the plant was found in central Colombia and it has not been cited for there. The leaf also appears to be wide and flat not almost terete. The Drawing by Dunsterville of C gracillimum is correct for the drawing but not for the name = C dunstervilleorum.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as C gracillimum drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as C gracillimum drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide 2nd Edition Romero & Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 5 Epidendroideae Part 2 2009 drawing good