(pronounced: poh-NER-ah)


Epidendreae subtribe Laeliinae

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Caespitose to shortly trailing epiphytes. Stems erect, narrow, leafy, unbranched. Leaves linear, alternate, distichous, articulated. Inflorescences terminal or axillary, subsessile, few-flowered. Flowers inconspicuous, cupped. Dorsal sepal and petals free, spreading, the lateral sepals fused to the elongate column foot. Lip unlobed, with a callus of low swellings. Column very short, with a long foot; pollinia 4, on individual caudicle without stipe or viscidium.


A genus of 11 species ranging from Mexico to ##.

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Correll, D. S. 1941. The genus Ponera. Bot. Mus. Leafl. 9(8):129-151.

Garay, L. A. 1970. American orchids, III. Ponera pellita Reichb.f. Orchid Rev. 78(926):250-253.

Soto A., M. 1990. Une nueva orquidea de Morelos, Mexico: Ponera dressleriana. Orquidea (Mex.) 12:117-126.