Ponthieva lilacina C.Schweinf. 1941 TYPE Drawing by Schweinfurth

Common Name The Lilac Ponthieva

Flower Size .5" [1.25 cm]

Found in Peru in evergreen hard-leaved bushwood at elevations of 900 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with fasciculate, lanose, slender-tuberous roots giving rise to 2 to 4, basally clustered, oval to oblong-elliptic to broadly oblanceolate, acute to shortly acuminate, more or less gradually narrowing below into the channeled, petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, thin, to 8.8" [2 cm] long, finely glandular-pubescent above and sometimes near the base, with one small, leaf near the base and 2 to 3 remote, tubular sheaths above, peduncle to 3.5" [8.6 cm] rachis to 3.6" [9 cm] long, very loose, few to several flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acumnate, half as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying rather small lilac colored flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 drawing fide;