Ligeophila stigmatoptera (Rchb.f.) Garay 1977 Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the JanyRenz Herbaria Website

Part shadeHot Cool Spring

Common Name The Winged Stigma Ligeophila

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina in lower montane forests at elevations around 140 to 1200 meters as a miniature to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial orchid with a stout, glabrous, pinky brown with pale flecked stem carrying towards the apex only, medium green with slight velvety sheen above, paler and dull below, sucate mid nerve, fleshily ribbed, elliptic, undulate margins, acute, basally clasping leves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, short, racemose, pinky green, pubescent, several flowered inflorescence

CAUTION!! This species and L juruensis have been confused for years but the references for L stigmatoptera have the midlobes of the lip as tendrils instead of wide lobes and there is no isthmus at the base of the lip. Please see also L juruensis to see the differences. It seems that L juruensis is the more common species as I can find no photos of L stigmatoptera.

Synonyms Aspidogyne stigmatoptera (Rchb.f.) Meneguzzo 2012; Erythrodes stigmatoptera (Rchb.f.) Pabst 1957; *Physurus stigmatopterus Rchb.f. 1873

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae vol 2 Rchb.f 1873 as Physurus stigmatopterus; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II 13-43 Hoehne 1945 as Physurus stigmatopterus; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Erythrodes stigmatoptera drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 1 Foldats 1969 as Erythrodes stigmatoptera drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Vol 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Erythrodes stigmatoptera drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 3 Orchioideae Part 2 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2003 photo fide;