Crossoglossa caulescens (Lindl.) Dodson 1993

Photo by Andrea Niessen


Drawing of Malaxis caulescens by Dodson and Icones Plantarum Tropicarum plate 517 1989

Drawing of Microstylis lloensis

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Caulescent Crossoglossa

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a caulescent stem carrying imbricating foliaceous leaf sheaths and carrying narrowly elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, peduncle to 2.8" [7 cm] long, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, densely spirally arranged, many flowered inflorescence with triangular, more or less as long as the ovary floral bract.

Distinguished by the pandurate lip that is apically obtuse, being less than 4mm long, the basal sides of the lip unthickened, and the lip blade without an excavation.

Synonyms Crossoglossa lloensis (Schltr.) Dodson 1993; Malaxis caulescens (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Malaxis lloensis (Schltr.) Dodson 1989; *Microstylis caulescens Lindl. 1841; Microstylis lloensis Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum plate 517 Dodson 1989 as Malaxis caulescens drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 1994 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador 225 [2] Orchidaceae AA - Cyrtidiorchis Dodson & Luer 2005; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide