Pleurothallis xerophila Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Broad Winged Dragon Pleurothallis [refers to the gaping flowers on the sheild-like leaf]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with terete at the base and gradually becoming sharply winged towards the apex, erect ramicauls enveloped evanescent basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the decurrent base leaf that blooms in the late summer through earlier winter on a crowded, 1 to 1.8" [2.5 to 4.5 cm] long peduncles, successivesly single flowered inflorescence arising through a usually deciduous spathe at the apex of the secondary stem imbedded well abovethe base of the leaf and has an infundibular floral bract.

Synonyms Specklinia xerophila (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Stelis xerophila (Schltr.) Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia xerophila ; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 695 Soto & Hagsater 2002 as Stelis xerophila drawing fide