Pleurothallis gigantea Lindl. SUBGENUS Kraenzlinella (Kuntze) Luer 1986

Drawing 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, caespitose 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, arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, distichous, lightly flexuous, to 12" [30 cm] long including the 6" [15 cm] long, stout, few bracted peduncle, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with an infudibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary 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, also reportedly not that large. 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." Luer 1994

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 9: 28 Lindley 1859;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 667 Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis Subgenus Aenigma, Subgenus Elongata and Subgenus Kranzlinella Luer 1994

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes Subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis Subgenus Aenigma, Subgenus Elongata and Subgenus Kranzlinella Luer 1994 Drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Kraenzlinella gigantea;

Phytotaxa 275: 271 Doucette 2016 as Acianthera gigantea

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