Pleurothallis atwoodii Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Inflorescence

Photos by by Karremans and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Summer

Common Name or Meaning Atwood's Pleurothallis [American director of Selby and collector of species

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica in cloud forests with out locational data as a small sized epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a loose, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 tubular sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a slender spathe with an annulus, 4.8 to 5.2" [12 to 13 cm] long, distichous, single, loosely, successively few flowered inflorescence with an oblique, as long as to longer that the ovary floral bract.

"The species is a unique member of the SUBGENUS, vegetatively the slender ramicaul with a relatively long sheath, the slender spathe and the slender, distantly few flowered raceme of small flowers are esceptional. The flowers however are typical of the subgenus witha deflexed synsepal, concave, membraqneous petals and an ovate lip with a transverse callus above a basal cavity and a pair of low calli on the disc near the middle." Luer 1998

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 67, f. 10 Luer 1996 Drawing fide;

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 & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis atwoodii;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 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 Crocodeilanthe atwoodii

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