Triphora surinamensis (Lindl. ex Benth.) Britton 1924

Another flower more mature Photos by Guezennec and The Images of Guadeloupe Orchids Website

Orchid In Fruit Photo by Carol Garvey courtesy of Stewart Chipka


Common Name The Tiny Flower Bud Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/4" [.65 cm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Tortola, Windward Islands, Trinidad, French Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela and Colombia at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with an erect, robust stem carrying a few well spaced, plicate, membraneous, sessile to shortly petiolate, ovate-lanceolate, acute to acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, single [to 3 possible] flowered inflorescence and has leaf-like floral bracts. The photo shows the plant with seed pods.

Synonyms *Pogonia surinamensis Lindl. ex Benth. 1843

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Pogonia surinamensis; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 drawing good; Flora Brasilica Vol XII I Hoehne 1940; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing good; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1992; An Orchid Flora of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing; The Orchids of Cuba Llamach & Larrimendi 2005 photo fide