Pleurothallis verbiformis Luer 1978 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 Whip-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the long slender inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2500 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or occasional terrestrial with fasciculate, slender, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-linear,subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a slender, secund, 6 to 14" [15 to 35 cm] long including the 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe with a sometimes prominent, tubular floral bract.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe verbiformis