Pleurothallis taxis Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Cold Winter

Common Name The Sequential Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations of 2730 to 2850 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ovate, rounded, abruptly narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, subtended by a foliceous spathe, 2.4" [6 cm] long, several flowered infloresence with inflated, longer than the ovary floral bract.

"The smallest in the subgenus but with proportionally large flowers subtended by cucullate floral bracts that engulf the lowermost flowers. Borne from a small, foliaceous spathe, the secund raceme is about as long as the elliptical, petiolate leaf. The sepals are acute and pubescent within, the petals are 3 veined and the lip is subquadrate, similar to that of P cassidis with an obtuse, decurved apex and a pair of low, rounded calli above the middle. The sides of the lip below the middle are erect and broadly rounded, protruding beyond the base." Luer 1998

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 5(2): 184. Luer 1979;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana 16(4): 267. Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Stelis taxis;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe taxis

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