Pleurothallis harpago Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

TYPE 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 Darien province of eastern Panama at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose 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 erect, arising through a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf, in a fascile of .43 to .88" [1.7 to 2.2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

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 ;

* Selbyana 5(2): 167. Luer 1979;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

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;

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 ancipita harpago;

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