Prescottia (plant)

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Prescottia oligantha
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Cranichideae
Subtribe: Cranichidinae
Genus: Prescottia
Lindl. in W.J.Hooker
  • Decaisnea Brongn. in L.I.Duperrey
  • Prescotia Lindl., spelling error

Prescottia is a genus of flowering plants from the orchid family, Orchidaceae. It is widespread across much of Latin America and the West Indies, with one species (P. oligantha) extending into Florida.[1][2][3][4]

The name is sometimes misspelled as Prescotia, including in the original generic description.[5] The genus was named for John Prescott, so is to be spelled with a double t per ICN.[6]

Species accepted as of June 2014:[1]

  1. Prescottia auyantepuiensis Carnevali & G.A.Romero in G.A.Romero & G.Carnevali - Venezuela
  2. Prescottia carnosa C.Schweinf. - Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana
  3. Prescottia cordifolia Rchb.f. - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Ecuador
  4. Prescottia densiflora (Brongn.) Lindl. - Brazil, Uruguay
  5. Prescottia ecuadorensis C.O.Azevedo & Van den Berg - Ecuador
  6. Prescottia epiphyta Barb.Rodr. - Brazil
  7. Prescottia glazioviana Cogn. in C.F.P.von Martius - Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro
  8. Prescottia lancifolia Lindl. - Brazil
  9. Prescottia leptostachya Lindl. - Brazil
  10. Prescottia lojana Dodson - Ecuador
  11. Prescottia microrhiza Barb.Rodr. - Brazil, Paraguay
  12. Prescottia montana Barb.Rodr. - Brazil
  13. Prescottia mucugensis C.O.Azevedo & Van den Berg - Bahia
  14. Prescottia octopollinica Barb.Rodr. - Rio de Janeiro
  15. Prescottia oligantha (Sw.) Lindl. - widespread from Mexico and Florida though Central America, the West Indies and South America
  16. Prescottia ostenii Pabst - Rio Grande do Sul, Uruguay
  17. Prescottia petiolaris Lindl. - Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
  18. Prescottia phleoides Lindl. - Minas Gerais
  19. Prescottia plantaginea Lindl. in W.J.Hooker - Brazil
  20. Prescottia polyphylla Porsch - São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
  21. Prescottia rodeiensis Barb.Rodr. - Rio de Janeiro
  22. Prescottia stachyodes (Sw.) Lindl - widespread in Mexico, the West Indies, Central America, and much of South America
  23. Prescottia stricta Schltr. - Minas Gerais
  24. Prescottia tepuyensis Carnevali & C.A.Vargas - Venezuela
  25. Prescottia villenarum Christenson - Peru

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  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Flora of North America, v 26 p 520, Prescottia oligantha (Swartz) Lindley, Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 454. 1840.
  3. ^ Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2003). Genera Orchidacearum 3: 1-358. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.
  4. ^ Azevedo, C. & van den Berg, C. (2007). Lectotypifications in Prescottia (Orchidaceae-Orchidoideae). Kew Bulletin 62: 651-655.
  5. ^ Lindley, John in Hooker, William Jackson. 1824. Exotic Flora 2: at plate 115
  6. ^ Flora of North America, v 26 p 519, Prescottia Lindley, Exotic Fl. 2: plate 115. 1824 (as Prescotia).

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