Pleurothallis biceps Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Acianthera

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Warm Summer

Common Name The Two Headed Pleurothallis [refers to the two flowered inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with purple, erect, compressed and channeled towards the apex ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheathws towards the base and carrying a purple, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below intothe sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of short, successively, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence arising within and concealed entirely by a spathe

Distinguished from all others by the short, simultaneously 2 flowered inflorescence of fleshy flowers with the sepals deeply connate into a tube to near the middle with the thick fleshy free portions rounded and deep within the tube the lip is erose and bicrested.

Synonyms Acianthera biceps (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera biceps; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera biceps photo fide