Ponthieva orchioides Schltr. 1917 Photo by © Karl Senghas

Another FlowerPhoto by Herman Terborch of Botanische OrchideeŽn


Common Name The Orchis-Like Pontheiva

Flower Size 3/8" [7.5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters with fibrous roots and narrowly elliptic, acute leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, 14" [35 cm] long, many flowered racemose inflorescence.

Similar to P rostrata but differs in the lack of a beak on the midlobe apex of the lip.

Cited as a synonym of Ponthieva racemosa yet there are several differences so I have left them separate pending more information.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257 - 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Ponthieva racemosa