Pteroceras monsooniae Sasidh. & Sujanapal 2003 Drawing by Sasidh. & Sujanapal and The Biostor Website


Common Name The Monsoon Pteroceras [refers to its blooming time]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Kerala India on stunted, densely mosssy trees in grasslands at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an abbreviated stem enveloped by leaf bases carrying 4, distichously alternate, sessile, articulate, linea to elliptic-lanceolate, slightly wider towards the apex, unequally bilobed apically leaves that blooms in the later spring on a racemose, axillary, 2 to 7, at right angles to the stem, peduncel terete, gray, densely covered by soft brown prickles, .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, sheathed by persistent, broadly ovate, spinulose apically, pricly on abaxial side bracts, successively single, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence carrying sessile, spiralling alternately on the rachis, short lived flowers

Similar to the scarce P johorense but this one differs in the 5 leaves instead of 4 in P johorense, the broad and rounded lobes of the leaf apex instead of small, 2 to 7 inflorescence instead of 3 in P johorense, the inflorescence at right angles to the stem instead of erect in P johorense, the flowers all along the raceme instead of towards the apex, and the obovoid pollina instead of subsherical.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Sida 20: 923 Sasidh. & Sujanapal 2003 drawing fide