Pleurothallis mandonii Rchb.f. 1878 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning Mandon's Pleurothallis [German Botanist in Bolivia 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations around 3000 to 3300 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial with ascending to erectseparate, not fasciculate, slender ramicauls enveloped with a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, acuminate, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and again in the early summer on a sublax, distichous to secund, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer and has an infundibular floral bract.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe mandonii (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004; Humboltia mandonii (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Stelis mandonii (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1997 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VolX XVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe mandonii