Plectrophora alata (Rolfe) Garay 1967

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Common Name The Winged Plectrophora

Flower Size 1 2/5" [3.5 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Peru as a miniature, hot growing, epiphyte that is found in windy, premontane forests in deep shade at elevations of 330 to 1400 meters, with small, obscure, rounded to suborbicular pseudobulbs partially enveloped by imbricating sheaths arranged in a fan-shape which turn to paper with time, carrying a single apical, fleshy, elliptic-oblong, acute, abaxially carinate, basally conduplicate leaves that blooms in the summer on a 1 3/5" [4 cm] long, basal through the leaf axils, successively single flowered inflorescence subtended by short triangular bracts.

Synonyms *Trichocentrum alatum Rolfe 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1479 Atwood 1992 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995 photo good; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1999 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide