Ponthieva ephippium Rchb.f. 1857 Photo by © Salazar and the Oxford Journals Annals of Botany

Full Shade Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Saddle-Shaped Ponthieva

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico and Guatemala in deciduous oak forests at elevations around 800 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with basal, elliptic to oblanceolate to ovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, pubescent, 4" [10 cm] long, few flowered, racemose, inflorescence enveloped by several, elongate bracts

Synonyms *Cranichis thysanochila B.L.Rob. & Greenm. 1897; Pseudocranichis thysanochila (B.L.Rob. & Greenm.) Garay 1980 publ. 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1261 Hamer 1985 drawing hmm; Orquideas del Estado de Morelos ORQUÍDEA (MÉX.) VOLUMEN 16 NÚMERO ÚNICO enero 2002 drawing/photo not = ?; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater Soto, Salazar etal 2005 photo fide