Pleurothallis laminata Luer 1998 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Photo Website

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Common Name The Laminate Pleurothallis [refers to the tall, thin calli of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Loja and Azuay provinces of Ecuador in elfin cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, suffused with purple, erect ramicauls with a long, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, rigidly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the slender, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, arising through a slender spathe, peduncle 3.6" [9 cm] long, rachis 3.6" [9 cm] long, subsecund, subdense, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to P ligulata but characterized by the medium sized habit with a thick, rigid, elliptical, petiolate leaf, acute apically and suffused with purple. The solitary inflorescence of comparitively large, gaping, purple flowers surpasses the leaf twice its length. The sepals are acute and shortly pubescent within and the petals are ovate with a narrowly obtuse apex. The lip is oblong with a tall, thin, broadly rounded lamella within each margin of the basal half." Luer 1998

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe laminata (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis laminata (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:264 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis laminata;

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 Crocodeilanthe laminata

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