Pterichis parvifolia (Lindl.) Schltr. 1911

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Part sunCold

Common Name The Small Flowered Pterichis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 2500 to 3850 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with when present, a basal rosette of 4 or so, linear-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves and a single, erect, basal, lanceolate, glabrous, canaliculate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and earlier fall on an erect, pubescent, subdensely several to many flowered inflorescence that is remotely 3 to 6, obliquely acute, decreasing in size upwards sheaths and with glabrous, ovate-cucullate, acute to subacuminate, shorter than the ovaries floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

CAUTION this species may be P pauciflora, at this time I cannot tell which one it is but the references below have it as both.

Synonyms Acraea parvifolia Lindl. in G.Bentham, Pl. Hartw.: 155 (1845

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Orquideologia Vol XVI No 3 Morales 1986 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as P pauciflora photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide