Quekettia pygmaea (Cogn.) Garay & R.E.Schult. 1957

Drawing and type sheet by Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Smallest Quekettia

Flower Size .06" [.15 cm]

Found in Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, northern Brazil and Ecuador in tall trees in wet forests at elevations around 450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with insignificant pseudobulbs envelopoed completely by imbricating, distichous leaf-bearing sheaths carrying, dorsalventrally united, flattened, light green spottted red, linear, acute leaves that blooms at most any time of the year on a paniculate, axillary, from the upper leaf bearing sheaths, to 2" [5 cm] long, succsessively several flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Ionopsis pygmaea Cogn. 1910; Stictophyllorchis pygmaea (Cogn.) Dodson & Carnevalli 1993; Stictophyllum pygmaeum (Cogn.) Dodson & M.W.Chase 1989; Trizeuxis pygmaea (Cogn.) Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1976; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 584 Dodson 1989 as Stictophyllum pygmaeum drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 32 1996 as Stictophyllorchis pygmaea drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as Stictophyllorchis pygmaea drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;