Pleurothallis domingensis Cogn. 1909 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Photo by Julio Larramendi


Drawing by Hagen Stenzel


Common Name The Domingo Pleurothallis [refers to being from the Dominican Republic]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Leewards and Jamaica in wet montane and cloud forests at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte or lithophyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly oblong-elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate, rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 1 to 3, terminal, erect, slender, 2.2 to 3.4" [5.5 to 8.5 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence arising through a scarious, conduplicate spathe

The only Subgenus Crocodeilanthe in the Caribbean, distinguished by one or two densely flowered inflorescence shorter than the slightly surpassing the oblong, more or less obovate, obtuse, petiolate leaf. The sepals are less than .2" [5 mm] long, The petals are single veined and .08" [2 mm] long, and the small lip is trilobed with intramural calli on erect lateral lobes, indistinguishable from the lip of P velaticaulis which has anrrower leaves and longer racemes and the petals are three veined." Luer 1998

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe domingensis (Cogn.) Luer 2004; Stelis antillensis Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002; Stelis domingensis (Cogn.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Urban, Symb. Antill. 6: 402 Cogniaux 1909;

Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:262 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Stelis domingensis nom illegal;

Lindleyana Vol 17 No 2:98 Pridgeon & Chase 2002 as Stelis antillensis;

Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide;

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 Crocodeilanthe domingensis;

Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Crocodeilanthe domingensis photo fide;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide