Pleurothallis otopetalum Schltr.1912 SUBGENUS Kraenzlinella [Kuntze] Luer 1986


Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Otopetalum Pleurothallis [The genus from which it was originally described]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in southwestern Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations 800 to 2300 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with stout, terete, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms on a loose, subsecund, subflexuous, terete, to 20" [ 50 cm] long, successively several to many flowered, racmose inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute, compressed floral bracts and carries 1 to 4 open flowers at any one time

Synonyms Kraenzlinella otopetalum (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Kraenzlinella tunguraguae (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Kuntze ex Engl. & Prantl 1906; *Otopetalum tunguraguae F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 245 Dodson 1980 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Plate 162 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol 11 Luer 1994 Drawing fide; Macchu Picchu Orchids Eric Christenson 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Kraenzlinella otopetalum; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera tunguraguae photo fide