Ponthieva formosa Schltr 1923

Plant in situ in Costa Rica Photos by Walter Schug and His MesoAmerican Orchid Page

Full ShadeWarm Cool Winter Spring

Common Name The Beautiful Ponthieva

Flower Size .45" [1.1 cm]

Found in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1600 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a few erect to erect-patent, lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate, cuneate below into the pilose, channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and spring a very weak, terete, densely pubescent, erect to ascending, , 3.2" [8 cm] long, few [2 to 6] flowered inflorescence with elliptic, shortly acuminate, pilose floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 12. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1574 Atwood 1993 as P brenesii [not a synonym, explains why]; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide;