Pleurothallis decipiens Ames & C. Schweinf. 1925 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

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Common Name The Deceiving Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found from Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Venezuela as a miniature to small sized, hot, pendulous growing epiphyte that occurs at elevations of 300 to 2000 meters with an erect, ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly lanceolate leaf that blooms on a short, apical, few flowered, fasciculate inflorescence that has the flowers held close to the base of the leaf.

Synonyms Acianthera decipiens (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Pleurothallis pterocaulis L.O. Williams 1940

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as P pterocaulis; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera decipiens; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo similar; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera decipiens photo fide