Pleurothallis pulchella (Kunth) Lindl. 1830 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Photo by © Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website ="orphotdir/pleurpulchellus.bmp"> Another Flower? no Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Full Shade warm cold Fall winter spring

Common Name or Meaning The Beautiful Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1300 to 3200 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped basally by several, tubular, imbricating sheaths and another near the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrolwy elliptical, acute to subacute to narrowly rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, simulataneous, racemose, secund, densely and simultaneously many flowered, 4 to 7.2" [10 to 18 cm] long inflorescence arising from an annulus and through slender spathe.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe pulchella (Kunth) Luer 2004; Humboldtia naraniensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia pulchella (Kunth) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia sphenochila (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis bogotensis Schltr. 1924; Pleurothallis ecuadorensis Schltr.1915; Pleurothallis lloensis Schltr. 1921; Pleurothallis naraniensis Rchb.f. 1866; Pleurothallis pteroglossa Schltr. 1920; Pleurothallis sphenochila Lindl. 1859; Pleurothallis tepuiensis Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1993; *Stelis pulchella Kunth 1816

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P pteroglossa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI. Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis pulchella; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as P tepuiensis drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe pulchella; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo not?;