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]

A Central American, medium sized, caespitose, warm to cool growing epiphytic, rarely terrestrial species found from Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica in lower montane rain forests at elevations of 500 to 1700 meters 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; 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 fdie