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

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

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in 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 a fascile of solitary successive flowers borne on a reclining, 1/5" [5 mm] long, filiform spathe arising at the base of the leaf and has a floral bract occuring in the winter.

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

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol VI 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia anthrax

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