Pterichis habenarioides (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920.

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador Photos by Francisco Tobar and his Ecuador Orchid FLickr Website

Green Flower Form Photo by Leon Glicenstein

partial sunCold Spring

Common Name The Habenaria-Like Pterichis

Flower Size 3/4" [1.9 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in cloud forests on rock faces in sandy soils at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial on verticle cliff walls with a single ? [drawing shows 2], narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, tapering below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf not present at blooming, that blooms in the spring on an erect, pubescent, loosely to subdensely, 4 to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence remotely several sheathed and with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous to occasionally sparingly puberulent especially near the margins floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Goodyera habenarioides F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Pterichis costaricensis Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 3 1984 as P costaricensis photo fide; Orquideologia Vol XVI No 3 Morales 1986 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 as the genus; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing ok;