Pterostemma benzingii (Dodson) M.W.Chase & N.H.Williams 2009

Lip and Column detail Photos by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Another Flower Angle

Plant and Flower Photos by Rudolf Jenny and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing Drawing by Dodson and courtesy of The Epidendra Website .


Common Name Benzing's Pterostemma [American Orchid Enthusiast and Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in wet montane forsests on small twigs high in the canopy at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem carrying equitant, conduplicate, oblique, acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the later spring and early summer on an axillary, to 2" [to 5 cm] long, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with triangular floral bracts

Synonyms *Hirtzia benzingii Dodson 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 924 Dodson 1984 as Hirtzia benzingii drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996 as Hirtzia benzingii photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 2002 as Hirtzia benzingii drawing/photo fide;