Pleurothallis truncata Lindl. 1837 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Truncatae Luer 1986


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Common Name The Truncated Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/8" [.33 cm]

A medium to large caespitose, cool to cold growing epiphytic and sometime lithophytic species found in Ecuador at altitudes of 1700 to 3000 meters with elongate, terete, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and another 2, one at the middle and the other below the middle and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute, attenuate to the short conduplicate base leaf that blooms on a 1 or more, apical, racemose, 3 to 4" [7.5 to 10 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence arising from a small spathe and holds the successive opening flowers tight against the mid leaf all occuring in the winter and spring.

SynonymsHumboldtia truncata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia truncata (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Orbis truncata (Lindl.) Luer 2005; Pleurothallis corazonica Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Die Orchideen #7 25-28 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as P ornata photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 1 1993 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 2 2000 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Orbis truncata; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 3 2008 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #1 2011 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #3 2019 photo fide;