Pelexia tamanduensis (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1920 Photo by Karl Senghas

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Kraenzlin and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Website


Common Name The Tamandua Pelexia [a town in Parana Brazil]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in southeastern Brazil at elevations of 400 to 600 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial orchid with an erect stem carrying 4 to 5, more or less imbricate, carinate, acuminate, glabrous sheaths and carrying oblong-lanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the basally clasping pseudo-petiolate base leaves that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a terminal, erect, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, rachis to 2.8" [7 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, long-acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Pachygenium tamanduense (Kraenzl.) Szlach. 2001; Stenorrhynchos holosericeum Kraenzl. 1911; *Stenorrhynchos tamanduense Kraenzl. 1911

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 Hoehne 1945 drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 6 321 - 384 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide