Pleurothallis conochila Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Conical Lipped Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Limon and Puntarenas provinces of Costa Rica at elevations around 700 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, arising through a slender spathe, to 8.8" [to 22 cm] long, subflexuous, distantly, successively 1 to 3, several flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Vegetatively inseparable from P thymochila but differs florally in the non-inflexed sides of the lateral sepals and a narrowly conical lip with the disc transversely rugose and convex. The thin, rounded, erect basal lobes are similar in both species." Luer 1996

Synonyms Dracontia conochila (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis conochila (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 75, f. 14. 1996 Luer drawing fide;

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 conochila;

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 2004 as Dracontia conochila

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