Pleurothallis weddelliana Rchb.f. 1878 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

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

Full shade Cold Fall

Common Name Weddell's Pleurothallis [English Plant Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bolivia at elevations around 3300 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with fasciculate, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3, loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3, simultaneous, 2.8 to 4.4" [7 to 11 cm] long, distichous, densely simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a broad, foliaceous spathe with an annulus adjacent to the abcission layer and has inflated floral bracts.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe weddelliana (Rchb.f.) Luer 2005; Humboltia weddelliana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Stelis weddelliana (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe weddeliana