Pleurothallis helleri A.D.Hawkes 1966 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Pleurothallis SERIES Pleurothallis Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Bogarin and Epidendra and the Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by A D Hawkes and Epidendra Website

Full shadeHotWinter

Common Name Heller's Pleurothallis [Nicaraguan Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Chontales department of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia and Los Rios province of Ecuador at elevations around 200 to 800 meters as a small to large sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout, elongate ramicauls enveloped by one below the middle and by 2 to 3 close tubular sheaths below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, lanceolate, nervose, acute to slightly acuminate, gradually narrowing below into the cuneate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to several, arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, simultaneously opening, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, racemose, 8 to 10 flowered inflorescence with oblique, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to P ruscifolia but it has glomerate to fasciculate inflorescence while the new species has up to 20 flowers on each of the multiple rather elongate racemes." A D Hawkes 1966

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 14(1): 12-14, t. 8. A.D. Hawkes 1966 Drawing fide;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 233 Dodson 1980 drawing ok;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1110 Hamer 1984 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis helleri;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok;

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