Hetaeria pelota N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb 1999

Drawing by Susanna Stuart-Smith


Common Name The Pelota Hetaeria [refers to the resemblance of the lip to a cesta, the basket used in the game of Pelota or Jai Alai]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in northern Bhutan at elevations around 2330 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by leaf sheath bases carrying 4 to 5, broadly elliptic to ellipitc-ovate, acute, softly reticulate, broadly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer on a terminal, erect, peduncle tapering towards the apex, softly pubescent, 3.6 to 4" [9 tp 10 cm] long, rachis 2.6" [5 to 6 cm] long, somewhat compressed, laxly, 6 to 8 flowered inflorescence with short, triangular, pilose, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying uniformly white flowers.

Synonyms Hayata sherriffii (N.Pearce & P.J.Cribb) Aver. 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 drawing fide;