Pleurothallis canidentis Luer & R. Escobar 1998 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuadorian Orchid Website

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Common Name The Dog-Tooth Pleurothallis [refers to the appearance of the petals]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia at elevations of 1500 to 2850 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ovate, acute, basally sessile and deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the spring on a very short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf and has thin, tubular floral bracts.

Similar to P bivalvis but is characterized by the large, oblong leaves that are deeply cordate at the base and carrying a large flower with a three nerved dorsal sepal, narrowly triangular, acute, diverging, smooth petals and a proportionately large, convex, glabrous lip that is half as long as the synsepal.

CAUTION I am not 100% positive of this determination as lip has indentations not shown in Luer’s drawings so please use with caution.

Synonyms Acronia canidentis [Luer & R. Escobar] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos canidentis (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia canidentis drawing fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo [pg257] not, photo [pg 262] not

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