Pleurothallis micklowii Luer & R.Vásquez 1981 SUBGENUS Rhynchopera [Kl.] Luer 1986 Photo by © Rob S and their Orchidboard Orchid Website

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Common Name or Meaning Micklow's Pleurothallis [American Discoverer of species later 1900's]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 1450 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 at the base sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, acute, the base cuneate into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, slender, 1.2 t o1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, loose, distichous, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul through a foliaceous spathe and has infundibular floral bracts .

The smallest member of the subgenus Rhynchopera is endemic to the Amazonian basin of Bolivia and has a thick, ovoid, concave lip that is affixed to the column.

Synonyms Rhynchopera micklowii (Luer & R.Vásquez) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Ibisch & Vasquez 2000 drawing fide