Pleurothallis grandis Rolfe 1918 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

Another Flower color

Photo by Denis Deralu and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website.

Full shade Warm Fall Winter

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

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1400 to 2000 meters as a medium to giant sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped below the middle by a loose, tubular sheath and 2 shorter sheaths below and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute to subacute, sessile, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, 16 to 23.2" [40 to 58 cm] long, subdense, secund, simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a small spathe at the apex of the ramicaul

Synonyms Dracontia grandis (Rolfe) Luer 2004; Stelis alta Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002; Stelis grandis (Rolfe) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia grandis; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia grandis photo fide;