Pleurothallis ancora Luer & R.Vásquez 1980 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Drawing by © Vasquez & Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cold LATERSummer

Common Name The Anchor Pleurothallis [refers to the shape of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect, flexible, lightly flexuous, to 3.6" [9 cm] long, including the filiform peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, loose, successively several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally the ramicaul.

Synonyms Muscarella ancora (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006; Specklinia ancora (Luer & R.Vásquez) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 576 Vasquez & Dodson 1982 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide/photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella ancora drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella ancora photo fide