Cryptocentrum flavum Schltr. 1913

Photo by Alexander Hirtz


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Plant in situ Ecuador

Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid FOundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name The Yellow Cryptocentrum

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 30 to 1600 meters as an erect to ascendent mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped basally by polystichous leaf bases and carrying straight to slightly recurved, usually sprinkled with dull red-maroon, linear to linear-oblong, hemi-cylindric to subtriquetrous in cross-section, obscurly keeled underneath leaves that blooms at most any time of the year, on 1 to 4, arising from the base of the stem, simultaneous, erect, spreading to descending, .6 to 2.8" [1.5 to 7 cm] long, shorter to just slightly longer than the leaves, successively single flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994 photo plant only; Fieldiana Botany Flora Costaricensis Family #39 Atwood and Mora 1999; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as Cryptocentrum sp. #135 drawing/photo seems to be; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide