Triphora surinamensis (Lindl. ex Benth.) Britton 1924 Photo by Carl Luer

Another Flower?

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.

CAUTION I am not sure of which of the 2 photos above are more correct for this species so please use with caution!

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 good tothe second photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide to the first 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 fide to the second photo; The Orchids of Cuba Llamach & Larrimendi 2005 photo fide to the second photo