Pleurothallis gigantea Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Kraenzlinella [Kuntze] Luer 1986 Photo by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Gigantic Pleurothallis [refers to the size of the plant]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 1800 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms on a loose, distichous, lightly flexuous, to 12" [30 cm] long including the 6" [15 cm] long, stout, few bracted peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul amd has an infudibular, oblique, acute floral bract.

Luer states that this orchid lives up to its name but I cannot see how! He also continues to state that it is similar in size to P otopetalum and P gigantea is readily distinguished by the tall-carinate lateral sepals and the acute, uncinate lobes at the base of the blade of the lip above the claw.

Synonyms Humboltia gigantea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Kraenzlinella gigantea (Lindl.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Kraenzlinella gigantea ; P>--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------