Pleurothallis killipii Garay 1956 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Plant and Flower in situ Parque Nacional de Chingaza Colombia Photo courtesy of Camillo Orjuela.

Common Name Killip's Pleurothallis [American first collector of species current]

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in Colombia in cool cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 3200 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, basally cordate and sessile leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of successive single flowered infloresence arising through a fugacious spathe.

Recognized by the spreading, often prolific, ovate leaf with a resupinate flower held erect over the suface of the leaf by the pedicel arising from a reclining spathe and has very long, narrow, fimbriate petals and a narrowly ovate lip that is coarsely echinate.

Synonyms Acronia killipii [Garay] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos killipii (Garay) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide mine has relaxed petals; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing as Acronia killipi drawing fide