Pelexia joannae Archila & Szlach. 2013

Plant and lower part of Inflorescence

Photos by Fredy Archila

Common Name Joanna's Pelexia [Dedicated to Joanna Mytnik-Ejsmont, Polish, co-author of Orchids of the subtribes Spiranthinae, Stenorrhynchidinae and Cyclopogoninae (Spirantheae, Orchidaceae) in Guatemala. current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala at elevations around 300 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing terrestrial with 4, basal, erect, obliquely elliptic, obliquely acuminate apcially, shiney green, prominent central vein, 8 secondary veined, cnaliculate below intothe reddish, petiolate base leaves that bloosm in the spring on an erect, delicate, reddish, minutely pubescent above, provided with a few, remote, cauline sheaths, to 4.8" [12 cm] long scape, rachis many flowered inflorescence with obliquely lanceolate, herbaceous, dull reddish, glandular, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Similar to P adnata but differs in the linear-ligulate hypochile and the basal auricles that are falcate and curves towards teh claw and the transversely elliptic epichile that is much wider than the hypochile and has entire margins as well as a clinandrium fringed on the margins.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI * Biodiv. Res. Conserv. 29: 25-30 Archila and Szachetko 2013 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018