Pleurothallis pachyglossa Lindl. 1840 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION 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, successively single, few to several flowered inflorescence with cucullate-amplexicaul, acuminate, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

This species 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 guerrerensis Soto Arenas & Solano 2014; Stelis pachyglossa (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Edwards's Bot. Reg. 26: Misc. 68. Lindl. 1840;

Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3:41 Reichenbach 1881 as P conanthera;

Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3:41 Reichenbach 1881 as P conanthera drawing fide;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 667 (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia conanthera;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 668. Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia platyglossa;

Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3:106 Reichenbach 1892

Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3:plate 259 Reichenbach 1892 drawing fide;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10(251-253): 291. Schltr. 1912 as Pleurothallis formosa drawing fide;

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 Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:265 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis pachyglossa;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion 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;

Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, B, 113 Illustrations and Studies io Neotropical Orchidaceae. 3. On the identity of Dracontia pachyglossa aod D. ramonensis; with a new species, D. lueriana (Pleurothallidinae Karremans 2012 drawing/photo fide as Dracontia pachyglossa;

Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Stelis pachyglossa photo fide;

Phytotaxa 158: 255 Soto Arenas & Solano 2014 as Stelis guerrerense;

Phytotaxa 257 (3) 242 © Doucette & Portilla 2016 as synonym of Stelis guerrerense;

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 pachyglossa photo fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Dracontia pachyglossa