Pleurothallis reginae Garay 1953 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

Drawing by Lehmann

Common Name The Queen Pleurothallis [refers to the large size of the leaf and flower]

Flower Size

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in primary forests at elevations around 800 meters as a large sized, warm growing, caespitose presumably epiphytic orchid with stout, erect, very long ramicauls with a close, tubular sheath near the middle and anither at the base and carrying a single, apical, horizontal, coriaceou, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms on a short, arising through a 1" [2 .5 cm] long spathe, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Allied to the Ecuadorian P gargantua and only found once dso little infloramation is available. Distinguished by the sepals that are puberulent externally, the sepals of all others in the section are glabrous. Also distinctive is the tip of the petals being described as mucronate. Also differing from all others in the suborbicularlip, apparently not convex and densely transversly verrucose-rugose." Luer 2005

The other giant leafed relatives are P gargantua, P imperialis and P teaguei all of Section Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae and P colossus of Section Macrophyllae-Racemosae.

Synonyms Acronia reginae (Garay) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos reginae (Garay) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005

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