Pleurothallis laevis Luer & Hirtz 1998 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Smooth Pleurothallis [refers to the glabrous sepals and lip]

Flower Size

Found in Bolivar Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2600 to 3200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on roadbank with stout, fasciculate, erect ramicauls with a loose, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 3 to 6, simultaneous, slender, 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, more or less secund, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe laevis (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004; Stelis laevis (Luer & Hirtz) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase, Lindleyana 16: 264 (2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe laevis