Cranichis crumenifera Garay 1962

Photo by Carlos Uribe Velez

Collection sheet and Drawing

Type Collection sheet by Dressler and Harvard Orchid Collection Website

Deep shade Warm Cold LATESummer EARLY fall

Common Name The Bag Carrying Cranichis

Flower Size

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2600 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a single, narrowly lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, 10" [25 cm] long overall, rachis to 2" [to 5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by 4, tubular, acute to acuminate sheaths.

Distinguished by the caulione leaves, the glabrous ovary, the single nerved dorsal sepal, the 3 nerved lateral sepals, the single nerved petals with sparsely ciliate margins and the prominent sack-like base of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; ; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005;