Pleurothallis cobanensis Schltr.1912 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo by Bogarin

Inflorescence

Photo by Joshua Hoiland

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Oakes Ames

Common Name The Coban Pleurothallis [a town in Guatemala]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Veracruz Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico, Belize, Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala, Zalaya province of Nicaragua and Alajuela province of Costa Rica in humid montane forests at elevations 1000 to 1400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a subdense, arising laterally from near the apex of the ramicaul through a conspicuous spathe, secund, 3.2 to 11.2" [8 to 28 cm] long, simultaneously severla to many flowered, racemose inflorescence as long as to just short of the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by obtuse, petiolate leaves, ac conspicuous spathe, and a simultaneouly many flowered raceme of purple flowers. The flowers apopear similar to P tuerkheimii but they are only about half the size. The primary difference lies in the broadly rounded lateral lobes of the lip that occupy the basal half of the lip. The lateral lobes of the lip of P tuerkheiimii are smaller in proportion, rounded and basal." Luer 1998

Synonyms Dracontia cobanensis (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Rhynchopera cobanensis (Schltr.) Luer 2007; Stelis cobanensis (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 11(271273): 42. Schltr. 1912

Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1091 Hamer 1984 drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of SUBGEN. Pleurothallis, Sect Abortivae, Set truncatae Sect Pleurothallis Sect Acroniae Subsection Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen unciferaa Luer 1998;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of SUBGEN. Pleurothallis, Sect Abortivae, Set truncatae Sect Pleurothallis Sect Acroniae Subsection Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen unciferaa Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:262 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis cobanensis;

Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 680 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as Stelis cobanensis drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004as Dracontia cobanensis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-prorepentia Luer 2007 as Rhynchopera cobanaensis;

AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia cobanensis photo fide;

Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo not - P tuerkheimii;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Dracontia cobanensis

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