Prescottia stachyodes (Sw.) Lindl. 1836

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Peruvian species

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Plant in situ La Caraça, Minas Gerais elevation 1100 to 1300 meters

Photo by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Spike-Like Prescotia

Flower Size 1/4" [5 mm]

Found in the Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Windwards, Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Fr Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina as a small to medium sized, hot to cold growing terrestrial in wet lowland forests, wet montane forests and cloud forests at elevations of 10 to 3800 meters with 2 to 3 broadly elliptic-lanceolate, attenuate to the narrow channeled petiole, acuminate, sharply pointed at the apex leaves that blooms on an erect, densly many flowered racemose inflorescence concealed by sub-inflated, tubular, acuminate bracts with clasping, concave floral bractsand carrying non-resupinate flowers held in a spiral around the rhachis occuring in nature in the fall

Synonyms *Cranichis stachyodes Sw. 1788; Prescottia colorans Lindl.1836; Prescottia colorans var. macrophylla Hoehne 1945; Prescottia galeottii Rchb.f. 1846; Prescottia gigantea Lodd. ex W.Baxter 1850; Prescottia longifolia Schltr. 1920; Prescottia longipetiolata Barb. Rodr. 1877; Prescottia paulensis Cogn. 1906; Prescottia smithii Schltr. 1920; Prescottia stachyodes var. pellucida Lehmann

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P longifolia; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P smithii; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as P colorans; Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 Illustrations as P colorans var macrophylla drawing ok; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as P colorans drawing fide Flora Brasilica Vol XII II Hoehne 1945 as P colorans drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Primera Parte Foldats 1969 drawing good; Die Orchideen #5 17-20 tafel 6 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as P colorans drawing; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257 - 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 photo ok; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; 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; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1141 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 364 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; An Orchid Flora of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 15 No 2 2000; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001 ; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 As P colorans photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as P petiolaris photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo ok; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo good; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 drawing fide; Lankesteriana 19(3) 2019 as P colorans drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide