Pleurothallis forceps-cancri Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Amphygiae Luer 1998

Flower straight on showing crab claw sepals Photos courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

Another Angle Photos courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Crab-Claw Pleurothallis

Flower Size 3/5" [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and another below the middle carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, spreading, ovate, acute leaf with a sessile, shallowly cordate base that blooms in the winter on a single, successive flowered, 1" [2.5 cm] long inflorescence arising from a spathe and having a floral bract and carrying a large single flower for the size of the plant..

Synonyms Acronia forceps-cancri (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia forceps-cancri

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