Pleurothallis anthrax Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower in situ Jardin Colombia 1/2016

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Plant and side view of Flower

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Charcoal Pleurothallis [Refers to the anterior lobe of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia and Venezuela on the slopes of the eastern Andes as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte at elevations of 2100 to 2600 meters with slender, erect ramicauls, ancipitous above the middle, enveloped by 3 to 4 tubular sheaths at the base carrying a single, apical, rigid, coriaceous, erect, ovate, rounded base, shallowly cordate leaf that blooms in the winter on erect, arising through reclining, .2" [5 mm] long, filiform spathe at the base of the leaf, in a fascile of successively single, few flowered inflorescence with less than half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Vegetatively similar to other species in the genus but it is distinguished by the pointed serrulate petals and a small lip with a coal black middle lobe. The lateral laobes may or may not be serrated." Luer 1989

Synonyms Ancipitia anthrax (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo fide;

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 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 Ancipitia anthrax

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