Cryptopus paniculatus H. Perrier 1938 Photo courtesy of Brian O'Brien

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar

Part shadeCool To Hot LATE Summer

Common Name The Branched Inflorescence Cryptopus

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Madagascar in humid forests at elevations of sealevel to 1300 meters as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphytic orchid with an elongate stem carrying heavily veined sheaths and elliptical, obtuse at both ends leaves that blooms in the late summer on a 1 to 4 branched, 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long inflorescence arising from the sheaths and carrying 3 to 10 apical flowers on each branch.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/83; Rudolph Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 16/17/18 945-1128 Brieger 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide