Ponthieva schaffneri (Rchb.f.) E.W.Greenw.1990 Photo by Carlos Velazco Macias and his Naturaleza del Nuevo Leon WebPage

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Common Name Schaffner's Ponthieva [German Physician and Orchid Enthusaist 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan, Mexico, DF, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Puebla, Vera Cruz and Chiapas states of Mexico and Guatemala in crevasses of rocky areas in seasonally dry, pine oak forests at elevations of 1500 to 2700 meters as a miniature to medium sized, deciduous, warm to cold growing terrestrial with an erect, usually leafless at flowering stem, carrying 2 to 4, basal, arching-extended, ovate-elliptic to suborbicular, acute to obtuse, conduplicate below into the narrowly to widely petiolate leaves, that blooms in the fall on an erect, more or less cylindrical, 1.2 to 5" [3 to 12.5 cm] long, laxly to moderately dense, 13 to 40 flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel, subovate when flattened, acute, 3-nerved floral bracts carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms *Cranichis schaffneri Rchb.f.1855; Ponthieva angustipetala E.W.Greenw.1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as Cranichis schaffnerii; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correll 1985 as Cranichis schaffneri; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 647 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing ok no pubescence on sepal back

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