Pleurothallis lappago Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Kraenzlinella [Kuntze] Luer 1986

Another Angle Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full Shade Hot Cool Spring

Common Name The Burr-Bearing Pleurothallis

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout, ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3, thin, tubular, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, rigid, ovate, acute to subacute, more or less convex, cuneate below into the rounded, sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a drooping, subdense, successively few flowered, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul with loose, infundibulbar floral bracts and a shortly bristly ovary. I am fairly sure that the photo is not the correct species. I feel that it may be P phrynoglossa [See Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVI Pg 116a more recently described species from the same section]

Similar to P phrynoglossa but it differs in the much more warty lip and the acute sepals

Synonyms Kraenzlinella lappago (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 239 Dodson 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XI Luer 1991 drawing fide to the first photo all others are a bit suspect; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide to the 1st photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Kraenzlinella lappago

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