Pleurothallis laxa (Sw.) Lindl. 1830

SUBGENUS Antilla Luer 2000 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Lax Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Jamaica at elevations of 1300 to 1925 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on 1 to 2, lax distichous, , distichous, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from near the base of the leaf and has a tubular microscopically cellular-glandular floral bract

Synonyms Antilla laxa (Sw.) Luer 2004; Dendrobium laxum (Sw.) Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum laxum Sw. 1788; Humboltia laxa (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis nigroannulata Cogn. 1909

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Antilla laxa; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014