Cryptocentrum gracillimum Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925 Drawing by Foldats

Collection Sheet Holotype by Ames & Schweinfurth and The Epidendra Website


Common Name or Meaning The Delicate Cryptocentrum

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 500 to 1000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with an erect, monopodial stem enveloped basally by roots and apically by leaf sheaths carrying hemi-cylindric, linear, thick, adaxially shallowly concave, abaxially convex, with no raised midvein, obtuse, unequally bilobulate, erose margins, multinerved leaves that blooms in the later spring through fall on a basal, erect to horizontally spreading, peduncle terete, 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence carrying dull olivaceous colored flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Schedul, Orch. 8: 68 Ames & Schweinfurth 1925; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 not = C dunstervilleorum; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 quinta parte Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 not = C dunstervilleorum; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Fieldiana Botany Family 39 Orchidaceae Tribe Maxillarieae, Subtribe Maxillariinae and Oncidinae Atwood & Retana 1999; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;