Pleurothallis pachyglossa Lindl. 1840 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986

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Common Name The Broad-Tongued Pleurothallis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size 1 3/4" [4.5 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica in lower montane rain forests at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters as a medium sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphytic, rarely terrestrial species found from with stems that are enveloped with tubular bracts carrying a single, shortly petiolate, elliptic, acute leaves and blooms in late winter and early spring on an apical, subflexuous, 10" [25 cm] long, racemose, longer than the leaves, few to several flowered inflorescence that has successive opening flowers occuring.

This specis has many similarities to P tuerkheimii but differs in the successively flowered, fractiflex inflorescence that is much shorter.

Synonyms Dracontia pachyglossa (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Humboldtia pachyglossa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia conanthera [Rchb.f] Kuntze 1891; Humboltia pachyglossa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia conanthera [Rchb.f] Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia pachyglossa (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis conanthera Rchb.f 1900; Pleurothallis formosa Schlechter 1912; Pleurothallis sapillifera Rolfe 1916; Stelis pachyglossa (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1881 as P conanthera drawing fide; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1892 drawing; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 105. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P conanthera; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1482 Atwood 1985 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis pachyglossa; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia pachyglossa; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 as Stelis pachyglossa photo good; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Stelis platyglossa photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia platyglossa photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo not = P pansamalae; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo as P pansamalae fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Stelis pachyglossa photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 as Stelis pachyglossaphoto fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Dracontia pachyglossa