Pelexia funckiana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Schltr. 1918


Photos by © Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Funk's Pelexia [German Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations of 850 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with 3 to 6, obliquely ovate to elliptic, acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the winter through spring on an erect, terminal, glabrous below pubescent above, 10" [25 cm] long overall, rachis 1.6" [4 cm] long, simultaneously 10 to 25 flowered inflorescence enveloped by 5 to 7, clasping, herbaceous, translucent, glabrous, acuminate bracts and lanceolate, acuminate, translucent shorter than the flowers floral bracts.

Synonyms Gyrostachys funckiana (A.Rich. & Galeotti) Kuntze 1891; Pelexia callosa Ames 1924; Pelexia guatemalensis Schltr. 1918; Pelexia hondurensis Ames 1923; Pelexia pringlei Fernald 1900; Pelexia subaequalis Ames 1923; *Spiranthes funckiana A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Spiranthes funckiana; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 1 1969 as Spiranthes funkiana drawing good; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Spiranthes funkiana drawing/photo ok; ORQUIDEA (Méx. ) 10 (1) ABRIL 1986 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 84 Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1245 Hamer 1985 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 41 pg 2565 - 2625 Brieger 2001 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018