Pleurothallis gratiosa Rchb. f. 1854 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986 Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Leaf and Flowers Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Walter Teague

Common Name The Attractive Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers being "full of Pleasure"]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte at elevations around 1500 to 1635 meters with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical leaf that blooms on a thin, 2" [5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with the flower held above the leaf and occuring in the spring and summer. It has slender, erect, ramicauls that are sharply ancipitous towards the middle, a bract below the middle and 2 to 3 basal sheaths carrying a single, apical, rigid, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, obtuse, cordate, sessile leaf with a rounded base that blooms on a fascile of solitary successive flowers arising from a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf. The peduncle is filiform and can be ascending or suberect, with a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Ancipitia gratiosa (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004; Humboldtia gratiosa (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia gratiosa

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