Pleurothallis verbiformis Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

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

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Whip-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the long slender inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chimborazo province of Ecuador and in Cajamarca department of Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2500 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing, denselycaespitose 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, arising through a slender spathe, 6 to 14" [15 to 35 cm] long including the 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with a sometimes prominent, tubular, as long as the ovary floral bract.

"Vegetatively resembles P deregularis of the subgenus Pleurothallis, but easily distinguished by the longer, narrowly elliptical leaf and a solitary, much longer inflorescence. The floral bracts sometimes cause the rachis to appear saw-toothed. The flowers are more or less cylindrical with minutely ciliate sepals that are connate to about the middle. The petals are membraneous, suborbicular and 1 to faintly 3 veined. Although much smaller tha ovate lip with a pair of calli near the middle is simialar to P ligulata and its numerous relatives. The base is narrowly concave below a transverse callous." Luer 1998

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 2: 389 Luer 1978

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;

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

Lindleyana 16: 4:267 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis verbiformis;

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