Pleurothallis alligatorifera Rchb. f. 1865 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Richard Korber.

Lip Detail

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista.


Drawing by Pabst


Common Name The Alligator Flower Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with clustered stems carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery leaf and blooms from its base on an erect, to 12" [to 30 cm], slightly fractiflex, and has up to 12 widely spaced flowers ocurring in the spring and summer.

Synonyms Acianthera alligatorifera (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Lepanthes blumenavii Barb.Rodr. 1891; Pabstiella alligatorifera (Rchb.f.) Luer 2007; Pleurothallis blumenavii (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn. 1896; Specklinia alligatorifera (Rchb.f.) F.Barros 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Hamburger Garten- Blumenzeitung 21: 299 Rchb.f 1865;

Vellosia, ed. 2, 1: 117 Barb Rodr. 1891 as Lepanthes blumenawii;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:495 Martius, Cogniaux 1893;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:514 Martius, Cogniaux 1896 as P blumenavii;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:tab 103 Martius, Cogniaux 1896 as P blumenavii drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Hoehnea 10: 109 F Barros 1983 publ. 1984;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 photo ok;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:242 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Acianthera alligatorifera;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia and Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrpioides Luer 2000 Compared to P arcuata;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia alligatorifera;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as Pabstiella alligatorifera;

Lankesteriana 19(3) 2019 photo fide