Phloeophila pelecaniceps (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Mark Wilson

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Common Name The Pelican Head Phloeophila

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama at elevations of 850 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, minutely bilobed apically, gradually narrows bellow in to the elongate, petiolate base leaf which blooms in the spring on an erect, single flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaves and arises from near the apex of the ramicaul and having a tubular bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract and has nodding, solitary flowers.

Synonyms Luerella pelecaniceps (Luer) Braas 1979; Masdevallia pelecaniceps Luer 1976

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Phloeophila pelicaniceps

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