Pleurothallis laevigata Lindl. 1845 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 Smooth Pleurothallis [refers to the spathe]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations 1600 to 3800 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender to stout, erect ramicauls with a loose tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a few to many, more or less secund, 4 to 12" [10 to 30 cm] long including the .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long peduncle, densely, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a broad, foliaceous spathe from an annulus adjacent to the abscission layer.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe laevigata (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Humboltia laevigata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis conchopetala Schltr. 1921; Pleurothallis hartwegii Lindl. 1845; Pleurothallis lamprochlamys Schltr. 1915; Stelis laevigata (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2005 as Crocodeilanthe laevigata