Plectrophora triquetra [Rolfe] Cogn. 1904 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Triangular Plectrophora

Flower Size 2.6" [6.5 cm]

This miniature sized, pendant growing, caespitose epiphyte is from Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters with strongly compressed, elliptic-oblong, glossy pseudobulbs enveloped by basal, progressively larger, leaf-bearing sheaths which are indistinguishable from the single, apical, narrowly oblong, lanceolate, oblique, glossy, glabrous, gradually tapering to a slender pointed apex, conduplicate below into the base, dark green leaf and blooms on a short to 1 1/2" [4 cm], axillary, sequentially single flowered, racemose inflorescence, enveloped by 3 to 4 close, thin, scarious, imbricating conduplicate, long bracts, that is held amid the leaves and occurs intermitently throughout the year.

Synonyms *Trichocentrum triquetrum Rolfe 1891

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 155 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 63 #3 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 8 2003 photo fide to another flower; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo?; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide