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Orchid Species: Prescottia polysphaera

Kew currently accepted name is Prescottia oligantha

Prescottia polysphaera is an orchid species identified by Schltr. in 1920. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Prescottia oligantha.
Genus
Prescottia (Pct.)
Grex
polysphaera
Parents
Species
Author
Schltr.
Year
1920
ORIGIN: Found as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing, inconspicuous terrestrial in Florida, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Bahamas, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cayman, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, Windwards, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina at elevations of 685 to 2400 meters in deep shade under trees in hammocks or forests.

DESCRIPTION: Found as a miniature to medium sized, warm to cool growing, inconspicuous terrestrial with 2 to 3 ovate to suborbicular, acute, shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms on an erect, terminal, glabrous, purpley, slender, 16 [40 cm]] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acuminate, concave, spreading floral bracts with up to 50 non-resupinate flowers occurring in February in Florida, March to May in Cuba.

FLOWER SIZE: 1/16 inch [1.6 mm] -- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
Other Names
Genus Name Genus Grex Name Year Author
Add+ Prescottia Pct microrhiza 1877 Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Prescottia Pct nivalis 1882 Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Prescottia Pct oligantha 1840 (Sw.) Lindl.
Add+ Prescottia Pct filiformis 1920 Schltr.
Add+ Prescottia Pct gracilis 1920 Schltr.
Add+ Prescottia Pct micrantha 1836 Lindl.
Add+ Prescottia Pct myosurus 1864 Rchb.f. ex Griseb.
Add+ Prescottia Pct panamensis 1920 Schltr.
Add+ Prescottia Pct pubescens 1877 Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Prescottia Pct tenuis 1840 Lindl.
Add+ Prescottia Pct viacola 1882 Barb.Rodr.
Add+ Cranichis Cran oligantha 1788 Sw.
Most awarded/recent cultivars: Pct. oligantha 'Revere' (2010) Pct. oligantha 'MAJ' (2001)
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