Pleurothallis tunguraguae F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Volcan Tungurahua Pleurothallis [also known as Volcan Tunguragua]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 1800 to 2800 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with fasciculate, erect, slender ramicauls with a closely adpressed, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 imbricating, tubular sheaths at the thickened base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter through summer on 2 to 5, simultaneous, distichous, 4 to 5.2" [10 to 13 cm] long, including the .4 to .8" [ 1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously and densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe tunguraguae (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Luer 2004; Pleurothallis tunguraguae var. minor Garay 1956; Stelis tunguraguae (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 as P tungurahuae; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe tunguraguae