Pleurothallis tuerckheimii Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986 Photo by The Roellke Orchideen GbR Website

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Common Name Tuerckheim's Pleurothallis [German Orchid Collector late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte in mixed oak-pine cloud forests at elevations of 700 to 2400 meters with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, somewhat inflated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic to oval or lanceolate, obtuse, narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the later summer on a racemose, erect, to 14" [to 35 cm] long, loosely several to many [to 20] flowered inflorescence arising from a large, inflated basal spathe with simultaneously opening flowers.

Synonyms Dracontia tuerckheimii (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Dracontia tuerckheimii f. viridiflavens Roeth & Baumbach 2007; Pleurothallis megachlamys Schltr. 1923; Stelis megachlamys (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2002; Stelis megachlamys subsp. teotepecensis Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003; Stelis megachlamys (Schltr.) Pupulin 2002; Stelis megachlamys subsp. teotepecensis Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 108. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P megachlamys; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952; Orchid Digest Vol 23 #6 1959 photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1129 Dodson 1984 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Oasis Vol 1 No 1 2000 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 2 2000 photo; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis tuerckheimii; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 685 Hagsater & Soto as Stelis megachlamys ssp teotepecensis drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia tuerkheimii; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo as P cobanensis fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Stelis megachlamys photo fide;