Pleurothallis gelida Lindl. 1841 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo by Alejandro Calderon Gonzalez

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

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Common Name The Frosty Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/8" [3mm]

Found from Florida, Chiapas state of Mexico, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Leewards, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the Windwards, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil on steep slopes in wet montane forests at elevations of 200 to 2300 meters as a medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped partially below by 2, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, nerved, abruptly contracted below into the sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on several, fasiculate, 6" [15 cm] long, many [30 to 35], successively flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus and carrying delicately fragrant flowers occuring in the spring and summer

Synonyms Anathallis hebesepala Barb. Rodr. 1882; Anathallis pidax (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboldtia gelida Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia polyliria Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia univaginata Kuntze 1891; Humboltia gelida (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia polyliria (Endres & Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia univaginata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Niphantha gelida Luer 2007; Niphantha pidax luer 2007; Pleurothallis chiquindensis F. Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Pleurothallis chiriquensis Schltr. 1922; Pleurothallis hebesepala (Barb. Rodr.) Cogn. 1896; Pleurothallis pidax Luer 1979; Pleurothallis polyliria Endres & Rchb. f. 1871; Pleurothallis puberula Rolfe 1893; Pleurothallis tenuispica Schltr. 1915; Pleurothallis univaginata Lindl. 1858; Specklinia gelida (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Specklinia pidax (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis gelida (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1893 drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1893 as P polyliria drawing fide; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as P univaginata; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P puberula; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 19. Panama Schlechter 1922 as P chiriquensis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing no hairs hmm otherwise ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 230 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 249 Dodson 1980 as P pidax drawing good; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1100 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis pidax; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 3 1996 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing no hairs otherwise good; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Anathallis pidax; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis gelida; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 8 2004 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia gelida; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia pidax; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Niphantha gelida; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Niphantha pidax; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 no 1 2008 photo; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1095 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Stelis gelida drawing not; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide

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