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


Side View of Flower

Photos by Alfonso Doucette Copyright 2009, and His Flicker website

Full Shade LATESpringTHROUGH Summer

Common Name Luer's Pleurothallis [American Botanist and Pleurothallidinae expert died 2019]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia on the eastern side of the Cordillera Occidental in cloud forests at elevations of 1400 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, sharply ancipitous above the middle ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the base and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, rigid, elliptical-ovate, acute, carinate externally, cuneate into the conduplicate and decurrent onto the ramicaul, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late spring through summer on a fascile of slender, erect, .4" [1 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a reclining spathe above the base of the leaf.

"Amongst the species of Pleurothallis subgen. Ancipitia, P. lueriana is immediately distinguished by the thick, dark purple, obtrapezoid lip, with erect lateral lobes, and the pair of apical, retrorse, arm-like lobes on the column. The lip and column of P. membracidoides Luer are somewhat similar, but the new species can be easily distinguished by the pubescent petals (vs. glabrous), the fully dark purple lip (vs. basally purple, and yellow-white above the middle) with a conspicuously warty apex along the lateral lobes (vs. inornate lateral lobes) and the conspicuous, pubescent, arm-like lobes near the apex of the column (vs. inconspicuously lobed, non-pubescent)." Rodr.-Mart. & Karremans 2017

Synonyms Ancipitia jimii (Luer) Luer 2004; Pleurothallis jimii Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Pleurothallis jimii drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia jimii; *LANKESTERIANA 17(2): 255 Rodr.-Mart. & Karremans 2017 photo/drawing fide;