Pleurothallis caprina Luer & R.Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

Photo by Lisa Thoerle

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Ibex-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the horn like appendages at the lips apex]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 sheaths and carries a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, ovate, acute, cordate, sessile leaf with the base rounded and the basal lobes inflexed. This species blooms in the fall on ascending, arising from a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf, in a fascile of solitary, 1.2" to 2.2" [3 to 5.5 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence and having a tubular, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by the spotted, concave, dorsal sepal anjd synsepal, broad petals and a fglabrous lip with lateral lobes reminiscent of Pleurothallis crocodiliceps Rchb. f. 1855. Instead of being inflexed, the aristate lobesare ereect like a pair of horns." Luer 1989

Synonyms Ancipitia caprina (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide;

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 Ancipitia caprina