Crossoglossa pichinchae (Schltr.) Dodson 1993

Photo by Alex Hirtz

deep Shade Cold LATE Winter EARLY spring

Common Name The Pichincha Crossoglossa [A department of Ecuador]

Flower Size

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying distichous, thin, conduplicate at maturity, crisped to wavy margins, narrowly lanceolate, plicate leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, winged, 10 to 12" [25 to 30 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence.

Distinguished by the narrowly ovate, non-pandurate, sagitate basally, basal ring-like thickening, with the forward margin subquadrate lip and the apex of the inflorescence erect.

Synonyms *Microstylis pichinchae Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador 225 [2] Orchidaceae AA - Cyrtidiorchis Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Orchids of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as C hirtzii photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 photo fide