Cranichis pulvinifera Garay 1978

Drawing by G Larsen and Dr Leslie Garay

Common Name The Cushion Carrying Cranichis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in forests on banks at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with several, basal, ovate, acute, rounded below into the canaliculate petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, slender, peduncle few sheathed, to 11" [27.5 cm] long, rachis short to 2.4" [6 cm] long, loosely few flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the foliaceous peduncle, the glabrous ovary, the single nerved dorsal sepal, the triangular-obovate, membraneous margin, ovate lip, the 3 nerved, papillose-verrucose, ballooned out from the base to the middle disc of the lip, the single nerved, linear-oblong, entire margin petals, the short, broadly cylindic, loosely few flowered inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014