!Cryptopus elatus (Thouars) Lindl.1825

Photo by © Eric Hunt

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; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81; Adansonia n.s., 5: 407 Bossser 1969 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 49 No 6 1980 photo fide; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985 drawing/photo fide; An Introduction to the Angraecoid Orchids of Madagascar Hillerman & Holst 1986 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 3 1987 postage stamp fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Campbell and Hermans 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #4 2015 photo fide;