Pleurothallis anfracta Luer 1994 Pleurothallis SUBGENUS Kraenzlinella (Kuntze) Luer 1986

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name The Bent Pleurothallis [refers to the flexuous rachis]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Tolima and Cundinamarca departments of Colombia at elevations around 1500 to 1850 meters as a small sized, cool growing terrestrial with stout erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a very flexuous, slender, disitichous, 10" [25 cm] long, loose, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul through a spathe and carrying oblique, acute, conduplicate floral bracts.

Similar species include P funerea and P angulosa.

Synonyms Kraenzlinella anfracta (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgen Aenigma, subgen Elongata, Subgen Kraenzlinnella Luer 1994 drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 1997; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Kraenzlinella anfracta; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis anfracta photo fide

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