Pleurothallis orectopus Luer 1977 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 The Stretched Out Foot Pleurothallis [refers to the creeping rhizome]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 3000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on roadbanks with ascending to erect, separate not fasciculate, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and again in the winter on 1 to 2, sublax, subsecund, , 1.6 to 4.4" [4 to 11 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer and has an infundibular floral bract.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe orectopus (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis orectopus (Luer) 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 2004 as Crocodeilanthe orectopus