Pleurothallis inflata Rolfe 1894 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTIOM Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Macrophyllae-Racemosae [Lindl] Luer 1986 Photo by Rodrigo Escobar

Flower and Plant Photo by Jean Marie Vanderwinden


Common Name The Inflated Pleurothallis [Refers to the puffed Flowers]

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador as a small to medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial at 2200 to 2800 meters with erect, slender ramicauls subtended by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and another near the middle carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, acute, slightly acuminate leaf that is narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base and blooms on 1 or 2, single occasionally successively single, pendant flowered inflorescence arising from a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul holding the non-resupinate flowers below the leaf and occuring in the winter, spring and fall.

Synonyms Pleurothallis lindenii var. pumila Rchb.f 1855

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:48 Schlechter 1924; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide;