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

Drawing by Carl Luer and Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Full shade Cool Cold Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Twiggy Pleurothallis [refers to the branching habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1800 to 3500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with fasciculate, superposed, stout to slender ramicauls enveloped by a long tubular sheath near the middle and several, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on 1 to 3, simultaneous slender, more or less secund, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorecence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the abscission layer with infundibular, imbricating floral bracts

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe virgata (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis virgata (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 virgata