Pleurothallis canaligera Rchb.f 1877

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Common Name The Groove Carrying Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1200 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte and terrestrial with an erect ramicaul enveloped basally by 2, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, patent to erect-patent, fleshy-coriaceous, ovate lanceolate to narrowly ovate, obtusely acuminate, shortly cordate below leaf that can bloom at any time of the year on a fasciculate, short to .35" [8mm], single flowered inflorescence with elliptic-cucullate, acuminate floral bracts.

Characterized by the small to medium sized habit and a dense fascile of small flowers, often old and in bud, arsiing from the base of a thickly coriaceous, more or less horizontal, cordate leaf as well as the sepals and petals are fleshy and externally verrucose and the concave synsepal is filled with a fleshy, ovate, concave, cellular-papillose lip.

Synonyms Acronia canaligera (Rchb. f.) Luer 2005; Pleurothallis scaphioglottis Schltr. 1920; Pleurothallis syringifolia Kraenzl. 1916; Zosterophyllanthos canaliger (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P scaphioglottis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia canaligera drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide