Prescottia oligantha (Sw.) Lindl.

First published in Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 454 (1840)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Florida to Tropical America. It is a perennial or tuberous geophyte and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.


Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 1700 - 2000 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
No Evaluada

George R. Proctor (2012). Flora of the Cayman Isands (Second Edition). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Morphology General Habit
Small, terrestrial herbs to 40 cm tall with a fascicle of thick, fleshy roots
Morphology Stem
Stems slender, erect, mostly 15–35 cm tall, glabrous, bearing several narrow, tubular sheaths
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–3, basal, petiolate, cuneate, elliptical to suborbicular, acute to rounded, 1.5–13 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a very slender, dense, many-flowered spike
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pinkish or whitish, glabrous, minute, less than 2.5 mm long; floral bracts ovate to lanceolate, clasping the base of the ovary, 1.5–4 mm long; sepals arising from a broad connate base, 1–2.2 mm long; dorsal sepal recurved, ovate, usually obtuse, lateral sepals triangular to deltoid, connate with the lip to form a mentum; petals recurved, more or less linear, 1–1.5 mm long; lip white, erect, basally auriculate, suborbicular, concave-saccate, 1–2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column adnate to sepaline tube, laterally winged near the apex, minute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ellipsoid, ca. 4 mm long, narrowly 6-keeled.
Grand Cayman. Florida, West Indies, Mexico, south through C. America and tropical and subtropical S. America, including the Galapagos Islands. Rather common and widespread.
Growing in the humus of rocky woodlands.

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E.

Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident

Biogeografic region: Andean. Elevation range: 1700–2000 m a.s.l. Native to Colombia. Colombian departments: Antioquia, Boyacá, Cauca, Meta.
Listed in Appendix II of CITES.


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