Pleurothallis harpago Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Grappling Hook Pleurothallis [refers to the uncinate lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in eastern Panama at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, compressed above the middle ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, rounded and shallowly cordate with the basal lobes inflexed below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on fascile of .43 to .88" [1.7 to 2.2 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf.

Closely related to P eumecocaulon but P harpago has smaller flowers and with ciliated petals and a ciliate lip with a prominent, incurved, hook-like lip.

Synonyms Ancipitia harpago (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Luer 1989 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipita harpago;