!Plectrelminthus caudatus (Lindl.) Summerh. 1949

Plant and Flower Photo courtesy of Marc Flandre.

FragranceFull sunHot to Warm LATEWinterandSpring

Common Name The Long-Sepaled Plectrelminthus

Flower Size to 3" [7.5 cm]

Widespread through West Africa where it is a small to medium sized, warm to hot growing, monopodial epiphyte found low on large trees and branches most often in full sun that has a leafy stem to 6" [15 cm] long carrying several, distichous, close set, broadly strap shaped, unequally and obtusely bilobed apically leaves a arcuate, 2' [60 cm] long, several flowered raceme of upside down [non resupinate], scented blooms that occur in the late winter and spring. They can be grown in the same manner as Vanda, with a basket, high light and humidity.

Synonyms Angorchis caudata (Lindl.) Kuntze; *Angraecum caudatum Lindl. 1836; Leptocentrum caudatum (Lindl.) Schltr. 1914; Listrostachys caudata (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1864; Plectrominthus bicolor Raf. 1836; Plectrelminthus caudatus var. trilobatus Szlach. & Olszewski 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Leptocentrum caudatum; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Listrostachys caudata drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 4 1958 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 3 1970 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 9 1984 photo; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas # 48-49 Vandeae 1986 drawing/photo fide; Angraecoid Orchids Stewart, Hermans, Campbell 2006

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