Pleurothallis carnosilabia A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes 1966 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986

Another Angle

Photos Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Common Name The Fleshy Lipped Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations of 500 to 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 short tubular sheaths and another larger, tubular sheath below the middle and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a laterally from near the apex of the ramicaul, on a .4" [1 cm] long, successively 2 flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe

Vegetatively the smallest species in the subgenus, it is readily distinguished by the small elliptical, shortly petiolate leaves , the short drooping, successively 2 flowered inflorescence with large fleshy flowers, verrucose petals with lamellae within, and a large, white, bulbous, protruding lip nearly as large as the synsepal.

Synonyms Dracontia carnosilabia (A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes) Luer 2004; Pleurothallis caligularis Luer 1976; Stelis carnosilabia (A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1088 Hamer 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis carnosilabia; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia carnosilabia; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia carnosilabia photo fide;