Pleurothallis chloroleuca Lindl. 1846 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Pleurothallis SERIES Pleurothallis Luer 1986

Inflorescence Photos by Arturo Carillo

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Plant and inflorescence Photos courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Greenish White Pleurothallis

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela and northern Ecuador in the eastern cordillera of the Andes as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte that occurs at elevations of 1000 to 2500 meters with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and another below the middle carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute leaf that is cuneate basally into a distinct petiole that blooms in the summer and fall with a short, fasciculate inflorescence arising from a spathe with a cluster of simultaneous single flowers held at the base of the leaf.

Synonyms Humboldtia chloroleuca (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia ventricosa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia chloroleuca (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia ventricosa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis reichenbachiana Schltr. 1921; Pleurothallis rhomboglossa Rchb. f. 1888; Pleurothallis ventricosa Lindl. 1859; Pleurothallis wendlandiana Rchb. f 1888

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 as P wendlandiana drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as Pleurothallis wendlandiana not = P ruscifolia; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969 as P wendlandiana; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 267 Dodson 1980 as Pleurothallis ventricosa drawing ok; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis ventricosa; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;