Pelexia congesta Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930

Photo by Fredy Archila


Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Congested Pelexia [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in tropical and montane rainforests at elevations of 300 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing as a terrestrial with up to 8, elliptic-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, terete, glabrous below, pubescent above, to 8.4 [to 21 cm] long overall, rachis to 3" [7.5 cm] 8 to 25 flowered inflorescence enveloped almost completely by 3 to 6, lanceolate, acuminate bracts and with very large, longer than the flowers floral bracts.

Synonyms Pelexia olivacea subsp. congesta (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Szlach. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1071 Hamer 1984 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum plate 83 Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1477 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide