Pleurothallis excelsa Garay 1968 SUBGENUS Elongatia SECTION Elongatae Lindl.

Plant and Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Side View Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Frontal View of Flower Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name or Meaning The Tall Rising Pleurothallis

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in virgin forests at elevations around 1600 to 1900 meters as a large sized, cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial in rich shaded humus with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by a purple spotted, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 at the base carrying an apical, single, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute, sessile, gradually narrowing below into he cuneate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a suberect to arching, loose, subsecund, 20 to 24" [50 to 60 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a basal spathe and has infundibular, acute floral bracts.

This species is one of the largest racemose species in the genus vegetatively.

Synonyms Elongatia excelsa (Garay) Luer 2004; Stelis excelsa (Garay) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XI Systematics of Lepanthes subgenus Brachycladium and Pleurothallis subgen Aenigma, subgen Elongata, Subgen Kraenzlinnella Luer 1994 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 phot ofide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis excelsa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Elongatia excelsa