Prescottia oligantha [Sw.] Lindley 1840 Photo by Luis Filipe Varella

Inflorescence

Plant and Inflorecence Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Purple Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

Warmto CoolWinterSpring

Common Name The Sparse-Blooming Prescotia

Flower Size 1/16" [1.6 mm]

Found as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing, inconspicuous terrestrial in Florida, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cayman, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina at elevations of 685 to 2400 meters in deep shade under trees in hammocks or forests with 2 to 3 ovate to suborbicular, acute, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, glabrous, purpley, slender, 16" [40 cm]] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, concave, spreading floral bracts with up to 50 non-resupinate flowers occuring in February in Florida, March to May in Cuba.

Synonyms Cranichis micrantha Sprengel 1826; *Cranichis oligantha Sw. 1788; Prescotia filiformis Schlechter 1920; Prescotia gracilis Schlechter 1920; Prescottia micrantha (Spreng.) Lindl. 1836; Prescotia myosurus Rchb.f ex Griseb. 1864; Prescotia panamensis Schlechter 1920; Prescotia polysphaera Schlechter 1920; Prescotia tenuis Lindley 1840; Prescottia viacola Barb. Rodr. 1881; Prescotia viacola Barb Rodr var polyphylla Cogn. 1906; Serapias pumila Vellozo 1827;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Cranichis tenuiflora; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing hmm; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P filiformis; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P gracilis; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as P micrantha drawing ok; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing hmm; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing hmm; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1262 Dodson 1985 drawing ok; An Orchid Flora of Peurto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 557 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing okThe Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000

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