Pleurothallis suspensa Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae Luer 1998 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Suspended Pleurotahllis [refers to the hanging or pendant flower]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Surinam, Guyana and Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 500 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 or 2, close tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect to spreading, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, basally cuneate and sessile leaf and blooms in the late spring on 1 to 2, weak, drooping, distichous, simultaneous and loosely many flowered, 4 to 8" [10 to 20 cm] long, purple, inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf and carrying tubular floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Venezuela Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as P penduliflora; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003