Prescottia oligantha (Sw.) Lindl.

Small Flowered Prescottia

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Accepted Synonyms: Cranichis micrantha, Prescottia tenuis

Prescottia oligantha, commonly known as the Small Flowered Prescottia, is distributed throughout the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Miami-Dade County, Florida. This orchid produces 2-4 leaves arranged in a basal rosette that often start to whither at flowering time. The inflorescence has numerous, non-resupinate flowers arranged in a dense terminal spike. The reflexed flower petals are pinkish and the erect labellum is white enclosing the column. This slender orchid blooms in February in the deeply shaded rockland hardwood hammocks of the Everglades National Park.

Prescottia oligantha is apparently secure across its global range due to widespread populations in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. However this orchid is endangered in Florida and may be extirpated in some of its previously known locations.


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Ecosystem Type

Forests, woodlands


Leaf arrangement:
Number of leaves on stem:
  • two
  • three
  • four
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Labellum outline:
the labellum is simple
Main color of labellum:
  • green to brown
  • pink to red
  • white
Nectar spur:
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a spike
Labellum characteristics:
  • the labellum is saccate
  • the labellum is simple
Labellum length:
1–2 mm
Sepal length:
1–2 mm
Plant height:
10–30 cm
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Native to North America


North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank Apparently Secure
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data