Pleurothallis xiphizusa (Rchb.f. & Warsz.) Rchb.f. 1861 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 Xiphizusa-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the similarity to the genus Xiphizusa]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with fasciculate, stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating, tubular sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and again in the summer on a secund, 6 to 9.2" [15 to 23 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long peduncle, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorescence, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer and has an inflated, cucullate floral bract .

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe xiphizusa Rchb.f. & Warsz. 1854; Pleurothallis crocodeilanthe Lindl. 1859; Stelis xiphizusa (Rchb.f. & Warsz.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol I Luer 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000;