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

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Common Name The Prolific Pleurothallis [refers to its production of new ramicauls from the apex of older ones]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations 2400 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with proliferating, stout to slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrwoly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer to fall on a on 1 to occasionally 2, racemose, slender, distichous to secund , 8 to 16" [20 to 40 cm] long, simultaneously, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus with infundibular floral bracts.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe prolificans

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