Pleurothallis cephalopodiglossa[Toscanp & Luer] in ed. SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

TYPE Drawing by C A Luer

Part Shade Hot LATESummer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Octopus-Like Head Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Sao Paulo state of Brazil at elevations near sea level as a miniature sized, hot growing, long repent epiphyte with .6 to 1.2" [1.5 t o3 cm between each, ascending, erect, slightly compressed, sulcate ramicaul with a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obscurely notched, acute to subobtuse, obtuse to broadly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall from the apex of the ramicaul at the base of the leaf, with a spathe .2" [5 mm] long; peduncles .4 to .48" [10 to 12 mm] long; on a fascicle of successive, single flowers, with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with glabrous sepals and petals that are gray with dark purple veins and a dark purple lip.

"In habit and size of flowers, Acianthera cephalopodiglossa is similar to large forms in the P saundersiana complex and to P calopedilon. It is readily distinguished from these and all other Acianthera species by the peculiar shape of its verrucose, rigid lip: the apical half is convex and folded on the lateral margins, each fold forming two auricles, the whole lip resembling the head and mantle of an octopus." Toscano & Luer 2015

Synonyms Acianthera cephalopodiglossa Toscano & Luer 2015

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 80 Toscano & Luer 2015 drawing/photo fide