Pleurothallis cerberus Luer & R.Vásquez 1980 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Cerberus Pleurothallis [refers to mythological, three headed, dog-like monster]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in La Paz Bolivia at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout, sharply compressed and sulcate above ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the base and 2 to 3 sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, congested, distichous, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long, peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf.

Synonyms Acianthera cerberus (Luer & R.Vásquez) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum III Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;