Pleurothallis canae Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Uncifera

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and The Epidendra Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames

Full shade Warm Cool Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Cana Pleurothallis [A community in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Veraguas and Darien provinces of Panama at elevations around 735 to 1450 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, obtuse to rounded, narrowly cuneate below into the conduplicate, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, slender, loose, secund, 3.6 to 10" [9 to 25 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, acuminate, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to P segovensis but readily distinguished by the reduced lateral lobes of the labellum and the broader leaves." Ames 1923

"The sepals are acute and covered within by a long purple pubescence. The petals are small, obtuse and apiculate, The lip is distinguished by the erect, short, broadly truncate, basal lobes with the anterior corner slightly prolonged. A longitudinal pair of lamellae proceed forward from the lobes along the middle of the disc and terminate abruptly before the rounded paex. A small pair of lamellae are present atthe base." Luer 1998

Synonyms Stelis canae (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Unciferia canae (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Schedul. Orch. 2: 18-19. Ames 1923 Drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing ok;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis canae;

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 Uncifera canae;

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