Pleurothallis neocochabambae [J.M.H.Shaw] in ed. SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing of Crocodielanthe steinabachii by Carl Luer

Common Name The New Cochabamba Pleurothallis [A department and city of Bolivia]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2350 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, strict, distichous, peduncle to .4" [1 cm] long, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long overall, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, subtended by a spathe, congested, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long to just shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Pleurothallis cochabambae is a miniature sized species without close relatives. It is characterized by a minutely flowered raceme about as long as an elliptical leaf; fleshy sepals with the dorsal sepal cymbiform; large, spathulate, membranous, single-veined petals; a fleshy lip with erect, broadly rounded halves; and a curved, cylindrical column." Luer & Toscano 2018

Synonyms *Crocodeilanthe steinbachii Luer & Toscano 2018; Stelis cochabambae J.M.H.Shaw 2019; Stelis heros Karremans 2019; Stelis steinbachii (Luer & Toscano) Karremans 2019

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 4751 Luer & Toscano 2018 as Crocodeilanthe steinbachii drawing fide;

Orchid Rev. 127(1326, Suppl.): 46 J M H Shaw 2019 as Stelis cochabambe;