Pelexia callifera (C. Schweinf.) Garay 1978 Photos by Joost Riksen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Inflorescence and Plant

Plant Photos by G Chiron and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Webpage

Plant and flowers in situ Surinam Photo Werkhoven

Another Flower?

Another Angle?

Another Angle?

Inflorescence? Photos courtesy of Belize Botanic Gardens and their Belize Botanic Garden Webpage

Deep shade Hot Spring

Common Name The Callus Carrying Pelexia

Flower Size .1" [.25 cm]

Found in Belize? and Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Fr Guiana, Surinam, Ecuador and Peru in lower montane forests at elevations around 200 to 500 meters as a small sized, hot growing terrestrial with a basal rosete of about 7, serrated edge, ovate-lanceolate, dark green with central cream markings, acute to acuminate, broadly cuneate and abruptly narrowing below into the elongate, canaliculate, petiolate base leaves and blooms on a pilose, terminal, 12" [30 cm] long, laxly several flowered inflorescence.

CAUTION I am not 100% sure of the following ID for the photo by the Belize Botanical Garden. All references that I have say Panama and South America and I can find none for Belize.

Synonyms Spiranthes callifera C. Schweinf. 1962

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Spiranthes callifera drawing ok; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing ok; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 as Spiranthes callifera photo ok; A Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol IV Dodson 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok