Pleurothallis apposita Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and Epidendra Orchid Website

Full shade

Common Name or Meaning The Side By Side Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locality as a small sized, probably caespitose epiphyte? with erect?, slender ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below to the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms on 2 to 4, subcongested, more or less distichous, 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm], simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from a slender spathe through an annulus and has infundibular, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the elliptical leaf with a slender petiolate base. The few ramicauls present from the sole 1800's collection are broken off about 4" below the spathe. The spathe itself is small from which 2 to 4, several flowered inflorescence shorter than the leaf are borne. The sepals and petals are oblong, three veined petals are not unusual but the lip is distinct from all others. Filling the lower half is a pair of large, thick calli that nearly touch in the center. The lip cannot be spread without fracturing these calli." Luer 1998

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe apposita (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis apposita (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systemics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systemics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:261 Pridgeon & Chase 2001 as Stelis apposita

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 Crocodeilanthe apposita

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