Pleurothallis aenigma [Karremans & M.Díaz] in ed. SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986 SECTION Dracontia

LCDP TYPE Photo by Adam Karremans & M Diaz

Part Shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Enigma Pleurothallis [reflecting the unexpected nature of the discovery of this species which the authors initially believed would be a specimen of Stelis dies-natalis.]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica on the southern end of the Talamanca range, growing in montane oak forests between 2435 and 2748 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with terete, slender ramicauls enveloped in the middle third by a thin, papyraceous, tubular, truncate sheaths and 2 more at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, emarginate, sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a triangular, prostrate spathe, peduncle [6.7 cm] long, provided with a median tubular sheath, rachis .6" [1.5 cm] long, racemose, secund, simultaneously 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence with short, hyaline, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms *Stelis aenigma Karremans & M.Díaz 2017

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *LANKESTERIANA 17(2): 197 Karremans and M Diaz 2017 photo/drawing fide;