Pleurothallis kareniae Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Uncifera

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Karen's Pleurothallis [Karen Ingram-Ferrell Co discoverer of species]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Limon province of Costa Rica an the eastern coast at elevations around 700 to 780 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from the apex of the ramicaul loose, distichous, flexuous, to 6" [to 15 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4" [8 to l0 cm] long peduncle, successively single several flowered inflorescence with oblique acute, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the elongated, flexuous, successively flowered raceme, similar to that of many forms of P segoviensis, surpassing the obtuse leaves by twice their length. The average sized flowers are glabrous and carinate, and a three lobed lip that is longitudinally and deeply channeled between a pair of carinae. The lobes are erect and broadly uncinate, occupying the lower third of the lip." Luer 1998

Synonyms Stelis kareniae (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Stelis uncinata Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002; Unciferia kareniae (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 83. Luer 1996 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of SUBGEN Plerothallis, Sect Abortivae, Truncatae, Pleurothallis subsect Acroniae, pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of SUBGEN Plerothallis, Sect Abortivae, Truncatae, Pleurothallis subsect Acroniae, pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Stelis karenieae;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Stelis uncinata;

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

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Unciferia karenae

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