Ponthieva tuerckheimii Schltr. 1906 Photo by Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher and his Orchid Flickr Site

Common Name Tuerckheim's Ponthieva [German Orchid Collector in Central America and the Antillies 1800 to early 1900]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 1170 to 1650 meters in cloud forests as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestria lwith a short stem carrying a spiral rosette of 6 to 8, thin, convolute, ovate-elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer on a terminal, pubescent, spicate, elongating to a 6" [15 cm] long, laxly, successively to 25 flowered inflorescence and carrying non-resupinate flowers

CAUTION< The determinations of this group [P diptera, P garayana, P tuerckheimii] are very difficult to work with photos as there are just not enough angles of the flowers to get the lip right

Synonyms Ponthieva graciliscapa Schltr.1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1139 Hamer 1984 drawing ok differs in the lip toa an extent; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1575 Mora & Atwood 1993 drawing ok differs in the lip to an extent; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide