Cryptocentrum pergracile Schltr. 1924 SUBGENUS Cryptocentrum

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Full shade CoolSpringEARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Cryptocentrum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia and eastern Ecuador in very wet montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, short stem enveloped completely by distichously arranged, coriaceous, narrowly linear leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a few basal, 3 to 5" [7.5 to 12.5 cm] long, single flowered, arcuate inflorescence enveloped by several vaginate sheaths with the uppermost enveloping the ovary and the lip spur.

Synonyms Maxillaria pergracilis (Schltr.) Schuit. & M.W.Chase 2015

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:103 Schlechter 1924; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 419 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchid Vol 1 COS 1990 photo = C hirtzii; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson & Escobar 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen lieferung 29 1777 - 1840 Brieger 1994; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as Cryptocentrum sp #136 drawing/photo ok; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide