Pelexia olivacea Rolfe 1890

Photo by Alejandro Calderon and his Native Colombian Orchid Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Olive Green Pelexia

Flower Size .05" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in wet montane forests as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a basal rosette of elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaves that are present as it blooms on a terminal erect, to 20" [to 50 cm] long, several to many flowered, racemose inflorescence enveloped by many squamulose sheaths and lanceolate, acuminate, as long or somewhat longer than the ovaries floral bracts.

Synonyms Centrogenium olivaceum (Rolfe) Schltr. 1920; Pelexia funckiana var. olivacea (Rolfe) C.Nelson 2008; Pelexia lehmanniana Kraenzl. 1899; Pelexia wendlandiana Kraenzl.1892; Spiranthes funckiana var. olivacea (Rolfe) Ames & Correll 1942; Spiranthes wendlandiana (Kraenzl.) Garay 1956

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Spiranthes funckiana var. olivacea does not seem to de right; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 199 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #9 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 8 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018