Pleurothallis jaculifera Luer & R.Escobar 1998 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Macrophyllae-Racemosae [Lindl] Luer 1986 Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Javelin- Bearing Pleurothallis [refers to the slender, lanceolate leaves]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Risaralda Colombia at elevations around 1900 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, attenuate, narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, pendent, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, loosely few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul.

This one is very similar to P strobilifera but P jaculifera differs in being smaller, in plant size, flower size and size of lip. The flowers also have thick, narrowly linear petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 21 #1 pg 93 Luer & Escobar 1998 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS pg 957 "F" 1998 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide;