Pleurothallis pilifera Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Photo by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Hair Bearing Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1400 to 2550 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, acuminate, deeply cuneate below into the elongate, slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a fascile of 3 to 6, erect, congested, more or less secund, 7.2 to 16" [ 18 to 40 cm] long including the 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe pilifera (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Humboltia pilifera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Stelis pilifera (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 250 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer as Crocodeilanthe pilifera;