Pachyphyllum tortuosum Foldats 1969

Drawing of inflorescence and Flowers Photo/drawing by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Twisted Pachyphyllum

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Ecuador in dwarf cloud forests on small scrubby trees at elevations of 2600 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a generally decumbent stem enveloped completely by imbricating leaf sheaths and carrying fleshy, ventrally usually rather wrinkled, finely mucronate, finely ciliate margins, acute, articulated to the sheaths leaves that blooms on a very short, racemose, strongly compressed, sub-alate, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising from the uper leaf axils with large persistent floral bracts.

Synonyms Fernandezia tortuosa (Foldats) M.W.Chase 2011

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing good;