Pleurothallis killipii Garay 1956 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Side View of Flower in situ Cundianamarca 6/20

Plant and Flower showing prolific habit in situ Cundianamarca 6/20

Plant and Flower in situ Cundianamarca 6/20 Photos by Jay Pfahl

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

Another similar species, note narrower leaf, hairless descending petals and hairless lip

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

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm] wide and 3" [7.5 cm] long

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