Pleurothallis aligera Luer & R.Vásquez 1997 publ. 1998 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Wing Bearing Pleurothallis [refers to the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivia at elevations around 2500 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing densely caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3, loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, beneath, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the sessile-subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a few, simultaneous, more or less secund, [3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, densely simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a conspicuous spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe aligera (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2004; Stelis aligera (Luer & R.Vásquez) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe aligera;