Microchilus plantagineus (L.) D.Dietr 1852 Photo by Jose D Alicea and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Mark Nir and Orchidaceae Antillannae

Flower Closeup Photo by Richard GAUTIER and his Guadeloupe Orchid Website

Common Name The Plantago-Like Erythrodes

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the Windwards and Venezuela in underbrush of humid montane forests at elvaqtions around 1200 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with an erect stem carrying 4 to 7, plicate, ovate-elliptic, petiolate leaves and blooms in the fall through spring on a terminal, hairy, 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm] long, loosely many flowered racemose inflorescence.

Synonyms Erythrodes plantaginea (L.) Fawc. & Rendle 1910; Orchis plantaginea [L.] Sw. 1800; Pelexia bursaria Lindley 1840; Physurus eliator Rchb.f 1855; Physurus plantaginea [L.] Lindley 1840; Platythelys latifolia (L.) Garay & Ormerod 2002; Satyrium latifolium L. 1760; *Satyrium plantaginea L 1759

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as Physurus eliator; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Physurus plantagineus; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing hmm; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as Erythrodes plantaginea drawing good; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Erythrodes plataginea; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Microchilus platagineus; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of French Guiana Szlatchenko, Veyret, Mytnik-Ejsmont, Sawicka, Rutowski and Baranow 2012 drawing ok