Pleurothallis cauda-phocae Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Amphigyne Luer 1998 Photo courtesy of Ecuagenera

Full shade Warm 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 Ecuador in wet cloud forests at elevations around 1250 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing 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 a fascile of solitary successive flowered, 3/4 to 1.2" [2.2 to 3 cm] long inflorescence arising through a prostrate spathe at the base of the leaf.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; Icones Pleurothallidinarum---III. Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986 Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia cauda-phocae