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

Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade ColdWinterSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Trumpet Like Pleurothallis [refers to the sepaline tube]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 2200 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with fasciculate, stout, erect ramcauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a racemose, 1 to a few, simultaneous, comparatively stout, more or less secund to distichous, of .48 to 8.8" [12 to 22cm] long, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the abscission layer.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe salpignantha