Ponthieva rostrata Lindl. 1845

Plants in situ Quindio' Colombia 5/08 Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Beaked Ponthieva

Flower Size

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1900 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 44 to 6 basal, elliptic to lanceolate-elliptic, more or less oblique, acute to obtuse, tapering to a short, broad, conduplicate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later spring on an erect, glanulose-puberulent, to [35 cm] long, overall, rachis to 6" [15 cm] long, subdensely many flowered, cylindric inflorescence enveloped completely by approximate sheaths and with ascending, ovate-lanceoalte, acute to acuminate, glandulose-puberulent floral bracts.

Similar to P orchioides but differs most in the beaked lip.

Synonyms Ponthieva ecuadorensis Schltr. 1915; Ponthieva glandulosa var. rostrata (Lindl.) Rchb.f. 1854; Ponthieva rostrata var. spicata Lindl. 1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 2003 photo fide;