Pleurothallis giraffa Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Side View showing Elongate column

Photos by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Full shadeWarmCool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Girrafe-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the long necked column]

Flower Size .1" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, sessile and shallowly cordate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a succession of single flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe and has thin tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Acronia giraffa (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos giraffa (Luer) Szlach. & Marg.2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia girrafa drawing fide

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