Cryptocentrum spathaceum Dodson 1993

TYPE Photo by Colomborquideas

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Dodson and The Epidendra Website


Common Name or Meaning The Sheathed Cryptocentrum

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 1400 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a monopodial, sometimes asally branching stem enveloped by numerous, imbricating, distichous leaf sheaths carrying narrowly linear, abruptly obtuse leaves that blooms in the late spring on numerous, lateral, basal, spreading, peduncle filiform,1 to 2 close, tubular bracted, 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a large, inflated, floral bract and with a 3 winged ovary unique to the genus.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia 19: 90 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide