Pleurothallis phalangifera (C. Presl) Schltr. 1921 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988 Photo by Jay Pfahl, plant grown by Arturo Carrillo

Reddish Flower

Green Flower Variety Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plants grown by Hanging Gardens

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Andreas Philipp

Another Color variety Photo courtesy of Travis Olsen, photo by Richard Burian, Plant grown by Rob Lucas,

Plant and Flowers in situ Cundinamarca Colombia 12/06

Another Flower Color Photos by Jay Pfahl

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Common Name The Phalanx Bearing Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic or terrestrial herb at altitudes of 1200 to 3200 meters with slender, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 spotted, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-ovate, apiculate, coriaceous, rounded basally and tridenticulate apically leaf that blooms in the winter and spring with a terminal, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long raceme held longer than the leaf with compressed basal sheath bracts and laxly few large, spidery flowers.

Similar vegetatively to P gomezii but it has a shorter than the leaf inflorescence and considerably smaller flowers and P rowleei has similar flowers.

Synonyms *Acronia phalangifera C. Presl. 1827; Humboldtia decurva (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia matthewsii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia phalangifera (C.Presl) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia decurva [Lindl.]Kuntze 1891; Humboltia matthewsii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia phalangifera [Persl.] Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis bogotensis Lindl. 1846; Pleurothallis decurva Lindl. 1859; Pleurothallis ineziae Schlctr. 1924; Pleurothallis mathewsii Lindl. 1836; Pleurothallis nasuta Schltr. 1924; Pleurothallis schnitteri Schltr. 1921; Pleurothallis werneri Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as P bogotensis; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:47 Schlechter 1924 as P ineziae; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:57 Schlechter 1924 as P werneri; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:162 Schlechter 1924 as P bogotensis; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:164 Schlechter 1924 as P nasuta; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 10 1979 photo; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo not = P supervacana; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 1 1993 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = P supervacana; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm; Macchu Picchu Orchids Eric Christenson 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia phalagifera; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo as Acronia phalangifera; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 pg 283 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 pg 290 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 as Acronia phalangifera photo ok

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