Ponthieva maculata Lindl. 1845

Another color form Photos by Daniel Jimenez

Another Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Spotted Ponthieva

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found from Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru in forests at elevations of 500 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial pubescent terrestrial or occassional epiphytic herb with fleshy, fibrous roots carrying basal, sessile or petiolate, ovate-lanceolate to blanceolate, acute or shortly acuminate leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, racemose, 12 to 18" [30 to 45 cm] long, pilose, laxly several [15 to 20] flowered inflorescence with elliptic-lanceolate bracts and quite showy, nonresupinate flowers with glandular-pubescence on the sepals.

Synonyms Ponthieva wallisii Rchb. f. 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 5 1958 photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing fide/photo ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Orquidiologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1260 Dodson 1985 as Ponthieva brenesii; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1574 Atwood 1993 as Ponthieva brenesii; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 22 #2 2002 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo = P tunguraguae; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 Jenny 2015 photo fide;