Pleurothallis dunstervillei Foldats 1968 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

Photo by Eric Hunt


Photo by Walter Teague


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Dunsterville's Pleurothallis [American Orchid Enthusiast]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia, Napo, Pichincha and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador, Cajamarca department of Peru and Tachira state of Venezuela at elevations of 1100 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, shortly repent to loosely caespitose epiphyte in humid forest with stout, erect ramicauls that are terete below the middle and slightly compressed above the middle and carrying a single, apical, rigid, coriaceous, erect to spreading, ovate, acute leaf that is carinate externally that blooms in the spring on erect, arising from a reclining spathe, in a fascile, 8" [2 cm] long, simultaneouslyly single, few to many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Largest of the subgenus and differs from most in the ramicaul that is laterally compressed only near the apex and the simultaneous appearance of the flowers." Luer 1989

Synonyms Ancipitia dunstervillei (Foldats) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 371 Foldats 1968;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 10 1979 photo fide;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 2 1986 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchids of Venezuela Dunsterville 1987 drawing/photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Luer 1989 drawing fide;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 as P dunstervilleorum photo fide;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo hmm;

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 Ancipitia dunstervillei;

Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide;

Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo fide;