Pleurothallis cauda-phocae Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Amphygiae Luer 1998

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Winter

Common Name The Tail Of the Seal Pleurothallis [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 1250 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, round in cross-section ramicauls enveloped basally by close tubular sheaths above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, basally rounded into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on erect, arising through a prostrate spathe at the base of the leaf, fascile of solitary successive flowered, .88 to 1.2" [2.2 to 3 cm] long inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the ovate, acute leaves and slender ramicauls. The long-pedicellate, solitary flowers are borne in a fascile at the base of the leaf. The dorsal sepal and synsepal are concave and acuminate, the petals are large and falcate, the lip bears a prominent, protruding, two winged callus. The pointed basal lobes are to either side of the cylindrical, essentially fooless column." Luer 1996

Synonyms Acronia cauda-phocae (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 3;137 Luer & Escobar 1988 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III. Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia cauda-phocae

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