Pelexia hirta (Lindl.) Schltr. 1920 Photo by © Francisco Tobar and his Flickr Ecuador Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Bristley Pelexia

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 3 to 4, basal, narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, somewhat flexuous, puberulent, to 2' [60 cm] long overall, rachis to 5" [12.5 cm] long, rather densely spicate above, villose, subdensely many flowered inflorescence enveloped loosely by 5, lanceolate, acuminate sheaths and has linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Gyrostachys hirta (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pachygenium hirtum (Lindl.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk. 2001; Pelexia sodiroi (Schltr.) Schltr. 1920; *Spiranthes hirta Lindl. 1840; Stenorrhynchos sodiroi Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide