Pleurothallis hitchcockii Ames 1922 SUBGENUS Talpinaria [Karst] Luer 1986

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Photo by Andreas Kaye and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeHot to Cold Fall Winter

Common Name Hitchcock's Pleurothallis [American Botanist early 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in dense forests at elevations of 300 to 2900 meters as a small sized, hot to cold growing, shortly repent epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul partially enveloped below by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a single, arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul, prodiced in a fascile, successively few flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Distinguished by the the unique bilobed lip above a narrow base with the lobes finger-like and curving downward, with the tips more or less contained indisw a pair of erect, larger, rounded lobes that occupy the middle third of the lip. The anterior lobe is triangular and the column is short and conical with an elongate, protruding anther cap." Luer 1998

Synonyms Talpinaria hitchcockii (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide;

Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0157 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide;

ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1-2) DICIEMBRE I993 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide exept drawing has shorter and wider sepals;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;

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 as Talpinaria hitchcockii;

Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #11 2019 photo fide