Pleurothallis biceps Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Acianthera 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

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