Pleurothallis dracontea Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo by Daniel Jimenez.

Full shade Cool Spring Fall

Common Name The Dragon-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the hairy gaping flowers with a warty upturned tongue]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 2000 to 2100 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped below the middle by a, thin, tubular sheath and 2 shorter sheaths below and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute to subacute, sessile, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an erect, slender, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, distantly few to many flowered inflorescence solitary flowers arising through a slender spathe at the apex of the ramicaul and has only 2 to 3 flowers open at any one time.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drwaing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia dracontea Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia dracontea photo fide;