Pleurothallis floribunda Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Photo by Adam Karremans and Bosque de Paz Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.


Common Name The Rich Blooming Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found from Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela in montane forests as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing, caespitose epiphytic and sometime terrestrial herb that occurs at altitudes of 500 to 3000 meters with fasciculate, stout, erect ramicauls with a large, loose tubular sheath covering the middle and 2 to 3 loose tubular sheaths above the base carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, petiolate leaf that is cuneate below into the petiole and blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an apical, racemose, to 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]long, simultaneously opening, densly many flowered inflorescence that holds the flowers at mid leaf and multi-racemes occur simultaneously from the same ramicaul.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe floribunda (Poepp. & Endl.) Luer 2004; Humboldtia floribunda (Poepp. & Endl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia floribunda (Poepp. & Endl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis pittieri Schltr. 1907; Pleurothallis pluriracemosa Garay 1953; Stelis floribunda (Poepp. & Endl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Stelis vulgaris Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 25 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P pittieri; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 109 Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P pittieri; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as Pleurothallis pluriracemosa drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964 as P pluriracemosa; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as P pluriracemosa drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 Drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing ok; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis floribunda; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe floribunda; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;