Pleurothallis indecora Rodr.-Mart. & Karremans 2017 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by L. Rodríguez-Martínez & C. Rincón-Useche

Full shade Cool LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Plain Pleurothallis

Flower Size .16" [4mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia on the eastern side of the Cordillera Occidental in cloud forests at elevations of 1850 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, thin, 4 angled ramicauls enveloped by tubular, papyraceous bracts and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a subfascile of single flowered peduncles.

"Pleurothallis indecora belongs to the SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986 and can be recognized by the four-angled ramicauls, the short, ovate leaves, the numerous subfascicled inflorescences, and especially the greenish, inornate flowers. It is similar to the Ecuadorian endemic P. driessenii Luer but it is distinguished by the larger plants with longer ramicauls, 4 to 6" vs 2 to 2.4" [10 to 15 cm vs. 5 to 6 cm] long, the pale green flowers vs. yellowish, minutely flecked with light purple, the narrowly-elliptic vs. oblongobovate petals, and the broadly ovate vs. obovate lip with slightly elevated vs. erect sides and entire (vs. irregular) margins. The Peruvian P. neodubbeldamii J.M.H.Shaw is also somewhat similar, but is easily distinguished by the sub-ancipitous ramicauls with elliptical leaves, the elliptical sepals, the semiterete linear petals, and the thick subapical callus of the lip." Rodr.-Mart & Karremans 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* LANKESTERIANA 17(2): 251 Rodr.-Mart. & Karremans 2017 photo/drawing fide;