Pleurothallis aspergillum Luer & Hirtz 1989 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia SUBSECTION Scopula in ed.

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Common Name The Rough Lip Pleurothallis [refers to the brushlike tuft of hairs at the apex of the leaf]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Esmeraldas province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 750 to 800 meters as a miniature sized, deciduous leafed, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute leaf with a narrowly cuneate base that blooms at any time of the year on rect to arching, arising through a spathe, in a fascile of successively single flowered, .48" [1.2 cm] long inflorescence with half or less as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished from others in the subgenus by the white flowers with a dark purple band covering the middle third of the ciliate petals and an ovate-rhomboid lip with minutely ciliate-erose margins." Luer 1989

Synonyms Colombiana aspergillum (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing not = P dimidia? see Ramiro 2000;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as P asperilinguis drawing not = P dimidia? See Ramiro 2000;

* 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 Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

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 Colombiana asperilligum;

Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide;

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