Pleurothallis cobanensis Schltr.1912 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo by Bogarin


Photo by Joshua Hoiland

Common Name The Coban Pleurothallis [a town in Guatemala]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in humid montane forests at elevations 1000 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a subdense, secund, 3.2 to 11.2" [8 to 28 cm] long, simultaneously severla to many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from near the apex of the ramicaul through a conspicuous spathe.

Synonyms Dracontia cobanensis (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Rhynchopera cobanensis (Schltr.) Luer 2007; Stelis cobanensis (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1091 Hamer 1984 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Acroniae, etc Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 680 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as Stelis cobanensis drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia cobanensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2007 as Rhynchopera cobanaensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia cobanensis photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo not - P tuerkheimii; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Dracontia cobanensis