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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