Pleurothallis gigas Luer & R.Escobar 1996 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


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

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia on the northern end of the central cordillera at elevations around 1700 to 2500 meters as a medium to giant sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial on roadbanks with stout, fasciculate, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 5, large, loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on 5 to 10, erect, congested, 6 to 12" [15 to 30 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a foliaceous spathe with an annulus set below the abscission layer at the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe gigas (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004; Stelis gargantua Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología 20(1): 52. Luer 1996 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe gigas ;