Pleurothallis vegrandis Luer & Dodson 1998 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade Cold Winter

Common Name The Not Large Pleurothallis [refers to the small plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through a spathe with an annulus adjacent to the abcission layer, 1" + [2.5 cm +] long, densely and simultaneously few flowered inflorecence with a shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"A dwarf member of the P laevigata complex with small, oblong leaves borne by ramicauls that superficially are atypical of the subgenus. Although small the spathe is conspicuous. The sole collection may or may not have the comlete inflorescence, it is only 1" [2.5 cm] long and bears 5 to 6 flowers. The dorsal sepal is obovate and three veined. The obtuse lateral sepals are connate above the middle. The elliptical petals are proportionally large, membraneous and concave. The lip is suborbicular with the broad apex broadly retuse and lacking the usual pair of calli." Luer 1998

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* 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 vegrandis;

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 vegrandis

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