Ponthieva ventricosa (Griseb.) Fawc. & Rendle 1910 Photos by Ricardo Valentin and Orchids, Parrots, Fish And People blog

Common Name The Thick Bellied Ponthieva - The Smooth Shadow Witch Orchid

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico on rocky shady banks at elevations of 700 to 800 meters as a mini-minitature to medium sized, hot to warm growing terrestrial with 4 to 8, oblong, elliptic to obovate, subsessile but often tapering into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter on a slender, glandular-pubescent, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorecence carrying non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms *Cranichis ventricosa Griseb.1864

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orquideas de la Republica Dominican y Haiti Fernandez 2007 photo fide

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