Pleurothallis saurocephala Lodd. 1833 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindl. 1859 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Flower Closeup Photo by Luiz Filipe Varella

Another Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Part shade Warm Cool Spring

Common Name The Lizard Head Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Brazil in primary cloud forests at elevations of 500 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, basally thickened, apically furrowed ramicauls enveloped by 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, stiff, elliptic, narrowly elongate, conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a descending, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, 12 to 18 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf.

Synonyms Acianthera saurocephala (Lodd.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Humboldtia saurocephala (Lodd.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo good; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera saurocephala; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide