Cyclopogon cranichoides (Griseb.) Schltr. 1921 Photo by Carl Luer and courtesy of The Swiss Orchid Foundation and the At Jany Renz Herbarium Website

Deep Shade Hot Warm Spring

Common Name The Cranichis-Like Cyclopogon

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Florida, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Leewards, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Windwards, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in lower montane forests at elevations around 100 to 100 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with a tuber giving rise to several, erect-patent, ovate, acute, basally round and petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, 1 to 3.2" [2.5 to 8 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, long-acuminate, basally glabrous and puberulous bracts.

Distinguished by the densely many flowered inflorescence, the elliptic to ovate, green, basally rounded leaves, the obtuse, 3 lobed lip and the lip margins that are not thickened.

Synonyms Beadlea cranichoides (Griseb.) Small 1913; Beadlea cranichoides f. alba P.M.Br. & C.L.McCartney 1995; Beadlea cranichoides f. albolabia P.M.Br. & C.L.McCartney 1995; Beadlea storeri (Chapm.) Small 1903; Cyclopogon cranichoides f. albolabia (P.M.Br. & C.L.McCartney) P.M.Br.1998; Cyclopogon nigricans (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; Cyclopogon storeri (Chapm.) Szlach., Mytnik & Rutk 2003; *Pelexia cranichoides Griseb 1866; Sauroglossum cranichoides (Griseb.) Ames 1904; Sauroglossum nigricans Schltr. 1918; Spiranthes cranichoides (Griseb.) Cogn. 1909; Spiranthes storeri Chapm.1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Spiranthes cranichoides; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 47: 77 1929 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as C nigricans; Orchids of Peru 1st supplement Schweinfurth 1970 as Spiranthes cranichoides; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as Spiranthes cranichoides drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 as Beadlea cranichoides drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 362 Dodson 1980 as Beadlea cranichoides drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 611 Hamer & Dodson 1982 as Beadlea cranichoides drawing ok; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985 as Spiranthes cranicoides drawing good; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Beadlea cranicoides drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing ok; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillane Nir 2000; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001 as Beadlea cranichoides drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;

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