Plectrophora cultrifolia (Barb. Rodr.) Cogn. 1904 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Another Flower Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

HotSpringSummerand EARLYFall

Common Name The Knife-Shaped Leaf Plectrophora

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte in low tropical forests at elevations of 200-650 meters wit elliptic, complanate, ancipitous pseudobulbs subtended by a few distichous, imbricate, conduplicate sheaths with the uppermost being leafed and a single, apical, bilaterally compressed, subfalcate, tapered to an indisinct petiole, acute leaf that blooms on a short to 1" [2.5 cm], axillary, sequentially single flowered, racemose inflorescence with ovate, minute floral bracts and holding the flowers below the leaves and occuring in the spring, summer and early fall.

Synonyms *Jansenia cultrifolia Barb. Rodr. 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 not = P iridifolia; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 3 1960 photo; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 not = P iridifolia; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 not = P iridifolia; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 574 Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 348 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 31 Schlechter/Brieger 1995 drawing/photo good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2005; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;

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