Pleurothallis ligulata Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe

Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Ligulate Pleurothallis [refers to the leaf shape]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 2200 to 3300 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with fasiculate, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a closely adpressed, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others imbricating at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, subacute to narrowly obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on 1 to 3, distichous to subsecund, subdense, 1.6 to 10" [4 to 25 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer with infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe ligulata (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Humboldtia ligulata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis atacasana Luer 1980; Pleurothallis chlamydopus Schltr. 1920; Pleurothallis hopfiana Schltr. 1924; Pleurothallis nubigena Schltr. 1924; Pleurothallis patula Schltr. 1920; Stelis ligulata (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1920 as P chlamydopus; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1920 as P patula; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:12 Schlechter 1924; as P hopfiana; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1924 as P nubigena; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol 16 Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe ligulata