Pelexia oestrifera (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Schltr. 1920 Photo by © Cristiano Buzatto and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Insect Carrying Pelexia [refers to the overall look of the flower like an insect with eyes]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo states of Brazil as a large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial orchid with 5 to 8, erect, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, basally clasping leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, rachis to 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, laxly more or less few to several flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acuminate, lightly puberulent, much shorter than the flowers floral bracts..

Synonyms Gyrostachys oestrifera (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Kuntze 1891; Pachygenium oestriferum (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk. 2001; Pelexia oestrifera var. angustifolia Hoehne 1945; *Spiranthes oestrifera Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881; Stenorrhynchos oestrifer (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Cogn. 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Fasc 8 Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Hoehne 1945; Flora Brasilica Fasc 8 Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Illustrations Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide;