Ornithocephalus cryptanthus (C.Schweinf. & P.H.Allen) Toscano & Dressler 2000 Drawing by J T Atwood and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade WarmCool

Common Name The Hidden Ornithocephalus

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a fan of ensiform, obliquely acute, articulated below into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms on 1 to 3, axillary, erect to arching, to 2.2" [5,5 cm] long, slightly fractiflex and rather complanate, many flowered inflorescence that is triangular in cross-section.

Synonyms *Oakes-Amesia cryptantha C.Schweinf. & P.H.Allen 1948; Sphyrastylis cryptantha (C.Schweinf. & P.H.Allen) Garay 1967

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Oakes-amesia cryptantha;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 as Sphyrastylis cryptantha drawing fide;