Prescottia cordifolia Rchb. f. 1855 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website


Common Name The Heart Shaped Leaf Prescottia

Flower Size 1/10" [2 mm]

Found in Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia and Ecuador in tall evergreen forests on steep slopes at elevations around 200 to 2700 meters as a medium to large sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial with thick, fleshy roots, carrying basal, coriaceous, green tinged with purple, cordate, acute leaf with a long petiole that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, racemose, many flowered, to 2' [60 cm] long, green inflorescence carrying many, inconspicuous flowers. This species is similar to P stachyodes but is distinguished by the [generally single] large, cordate leaf and by the green small flowers, instead of purple.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying if this determination is valid so please use with caution.

Synonyms Prescottia longipetiolata Schltr. 1921; Prescottia schlechteri Hoehne 1945

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921 as P longipetiolata; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1140 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Native Colombian orchdis Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide;