Pleurothallis imitor Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988

Drawing by Atwood and The Epidendra Orchid Website

LATER

Common Name The Imitator Pleurothallis [refer to it's similarity to others in Section Macrophyllas-fasciculatae]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a close tubular sheath below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cordate into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a fascile of 1 to 2, arising from the base of the leaf, .6 to .72" [1.5 to 1.8 cm] long, 1 to 2 flowered inflorescence with a shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"With the cordate leaf and a basal, abbreviated inflorescence it appears to be a member of SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae, but the flowers are produced either singly or successively in a 2 flowered raceme. The ovate, acute dorsal sepal and the synsepal are similar. The petals are falcate-oblong, acute and three veined. The lip is sagittate and acute with a reflexed basal claw between erect, acute, basal angles." Luer 1998

Synonyms Acronia imitor (Luer) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11: 78. Luer 1996 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Subgen Pleuorthallis Sect Abortivae Sect Truncatae Sect Pleurothallis subsection Acroniae Subsect Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Subgen Pleuorthallis Sect Abortivae Sect Truncatae Sect Pleurothallis subsection Acroniae Subsect Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia imitor;

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