!Cryptopus elatus (Thouars) Lindl.1825 Photo by © Eric Hunt and his Orchid Species Photo Website

Plant in situ Reunion Photo by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website

Common Name The Stately Cryptopus

Flower Size 2.5" [6.25 cm]

Found in the Mauritius and Reunion on tree trunks, bushes and rocks at elevations of sea leavel to 800 meters as a medium sized, hotwarm growing epiphyte or lithophyte with sinuous stems carrying towards the apex, widely spaced, oblong to elliptic, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the spring on an axillary, erect, simple or with 1 to 2 lower branches, 12 to 24" [30 to 60 cm] long, 7 to 13 flowered inflorescence with 3 to 4, pedunculate bracts and small floral bracts and white flowers that turn apricot with age.

Synonyms *Angraecum elatum Thouars 1822; Beclardia elata (Thouars) A.Rich 1828; Epidendrum dipterum Sieber ex Ridl. 1855; Limodorum dipterum Tausch ex Steud. 1841

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Angraecum elatum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 stamp; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Campbell and Hermans 2006

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