Ponthieva pseudoracemosa Garay 1978 Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Flase Racemose Ponthieva

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 2 to 5, basal, elliptic elliptic-oblong, acute to obtuse, graually tapering below in to the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later fall through early spring on a rather stout, erect, glabrous, below pubescent above, to 16" [40 cm] long overall, rachis to 4.8" [12 cm] long, loosely several flowered inflorescence with ovate-culcullate, acute, puberulent floral bracts.

This species differs from the similar P racemosa in having glabrous petals and a differently proportioned lip and between P pubescens by the callose-papillose lip as well as the stouter plant.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 271 Dodson 1980 drwaing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/Photo good;