Pleurothallis schweinfurthii Garay 1954 SUBGENUS Rhynchopera [Kl.] Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Another View Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Dave Alford


Common Name Schweinfurth's Pleurothallis [American Botanist 20th century]

Flower Size 1/2" 1.25 cm]

Found in Peru and Bolivia as a small sized, caespitose epiphyte in cloud, wet montane, evergreen and piedmont forests at elevations of 600 to 2400 meters as a warm t ocold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths as well as one below the middle carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, acute or subacute, petiolate leaf that is cuneate into the petiole that blooms on an erect to arcuate, 7" long, loose, distichous, simultaneously opening several flowered inflorescence that holds the flowers well above the leaves.

Synonyms Pleurothallis capillifera Luer & Vasquez 1980; Pleurothallis lanceolata var. gracilis C. Schweinf. 1942; Rhynchopera schweinfurthii (Garay) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 photo/drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;