Ponthieva inaudita Rchb. f. 1876

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

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Common Name The Unheard Ponthieva

Flower Size 1/4" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial or occasional epiphyte in wet montane forests at elevations of 2200 to 2800 meters as a pubescent plant that has 2 to 3, basal, plicate, petiolate leaves that are conduplicate towards the base with no psedobulbs that blooms on an erect, 3" [7.5 cm] long, pubescent, many flowered inflorescence that exceeds the length of the leaves, with a lanceolate bract in the middle and broadly lanceolate, acute floral bracts with non resupinate, pubescent flowers occuring in nature in the fall and winter

Synonyms Ponthieva koehleri Mansf. 1930;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as P microglossa; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 not = P dunstervillei; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Plate 366 Dodson 1989 drawing wrong actually P cornuta; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Plate 573 Dodson 1989 drawing wrong actually P cornuta; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 363 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000 photo not = P cornuta; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide