Pelexia pterygantha (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Schltr. 1920 Photo by Marcelo Pedron and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Feather-Shaped Flower Pelexis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Brazil as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem enveloped completely by inflated, lanceolate, acute sheaths and carrying a single, ellipitc, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with linear, acute, pubescent, as long as the flower floral bracts.

Synonyms Gyrostachys pterygantha (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Kuntze 1891; Pachygenium dolichorhizum (Schltr.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk. 2001; Pachygenium pteryganthum (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Szlach., R.González & Rutk. 2001; Pelexia dolichorhiza Schltr. 1920; *Spiranthes pterygantha Rchb.f. & Warm. 1881; Stenorrhynchos pteryganthum (Rchb.f. & Warm.) Cogn.1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Fasc. 8 Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Hoehne 1945 as P dolichorhiza; Flora Brasilica Fasc. 8 Vol XII II 13-43 Orchidaceae Illustrations Hoehne 1945 as P dolichorhiza drawing hmmm; 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; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateau Menezes 2004 photo not = P ventricosa fide

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