Pleurothallis powellii Schltr. 1922 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986 Photo by Wilson's Botanical Garden In Costa Rica

Common Name Powell's Pleurothallis [American Orchid Collector and Botanist in Panama early 1900's]

Flower Size .6" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama on tree trunks at elevations of 500 to 1250 meters as a medium to large sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 short basal sheaths and another loose, tubular sheaths below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute to obtuse, sessile, broadly cuneate to rounded at the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a subdense, secund, simultaneously many flowered, 6 to 18" [15 to 45 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul

Synonyms Dracontia powelli (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Stelis gigantea Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2002; Stelis powellii (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 22. Panama Schlechter 1922; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis powellii; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia powellii; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;