Pterichis pauciflora Schltr. 1921

Habitat in situ Parque Nacional Purace Cauca Colombia

Plant and flowers Photos by Jay Pfahl


Collection sheet by Jany Renz and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shadeColdSpring

Common Name The Few Flowered Pterichis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 3300 to 3700 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a rosette of 4 to 6, small linear, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves and a single, larger, basal, erect, oblong-lanceolate, glabrous, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, subflexuous, glabrous below, minutely glandulose-puberulent above, peduncle 9.2 to 13.6" [23 to 34 cm] long, rachis .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, loosely 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with 5 tubular, acute to acuminate, glabrous below becoming pilose above sheaths and with glabrous, ovate-cucullate floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

CAUTION The Orquideologia article cited below states that this species has only been found in Cundinamarca within Colombia but the species in the photo if correct was found in the department of Cauca within the Parque nacional Purace on june 2007as an epiphyte on an old tree at elevations of 2900 to 3200 .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Orquideologia Vol XVI No 3 Morales 1986 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo ?;