Pterichis habenarioides (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920.

Side View of Flower.

Plant and Flowers in situ Ecuador Photos by Francisco Tobar and his Ecuador Orchid FLickr Website

Common Name The Habenaria-Like Pterichis

Flower Size 3/4" [1.9 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in cloud forests on rock faces in sandy soils at elevations of 2700 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial on verticle cliff walls with a single ? [drawing shows 2], narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, tapering below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, pubescent, loosely to subdensely, 4 to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence remotely several sheathed and with ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous to occasionally sparingly puberulent especially near the margins floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Goodyera habenarioides F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Pterichis costaricensis Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo as P costaricensis; Orquideologia Vol XVI No 3 Morales 1986 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 as the genus; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing ok;