Pleurothallis cassidata Luer & R.Escobar 1998 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Type Photo

TYPE Photo by Rodrigo Escobar and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Helmeted Pleurothallis [refers to the deeply concave dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Colombia without locality data as a medium sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath in the lower third and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile, arising and concealed within a spathe. of successivley single, few flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubulr, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to P grtandiflora but characterized by the narrowly ovate, acuminate leaf, a large flower witha deeply cucullate dorsal sepal, broad single veined, minutely denticulate petals and a short, broad, thick lip with decurved margins below the apex." Luer 2005

Synonyms Acronia cassidata (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos cassidata (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideologia Vol. 21 No 1 Dodson 1998 drawing/photo fide;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Syatematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005as Acronia cassidata

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Syatematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005as Acronia cassidata drawing fide;

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