Pleurothallis mandonii Rchb.f. 1878 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer

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

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 3000 to 3300 meters as a small sized, cold growing, shortly repent terrestrial with ascending to erect, separate, 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, arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer, 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with an infundibular, as long to longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Characterized by a shortly creeping and ascending rhizome, erect ramicauls and an oblong, petiolate leaf. The raceme, about as long as the leaf is subtended by a slender spathe. The sepals are minutely ciliate, the petals are oblong witha single vein but three veined below the middle. The lip is trilobes above the middle with the anterior margins of the lobes thickened. Similar specis that arae repent are P orectopus and P scansor." Luer 1998

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 ;

Xenia Orchid. 3: 24 Rchb.f 1878;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 668 Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia mandonii;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:264 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis mandonii;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe mandonii

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