Pleurothallis praealta Luer & Hirtz 1998 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Photo by The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Common Name The High Elevation Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 3800 as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with fasciculate, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular imbricating sheaths and carying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, simultaneous, racemose, secund , 7.2 to 9.2" [18 to 23 cm] long, simultaneously, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe praealta (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004; Stelis praealta (Luer & Hirtz) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe praealta

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