Pleurothallis odobeniceps Luer 1989 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

Photo by Gast [Christian] and Orchideen Forum Website

Flower and leaf

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Common Name The Walrus-Headed Pleurothallis [Refers to the shape of the lip]

Flower Size 3/16" [5 mm]

Found as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte in Colombia in wet forests at an elevation of 2280 meters with erect, slender, sharply ancipitous ramicaul with a tubular bract above the base and 2 to 3 at the sheaths base carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, suberect to spreading, ovate, acute, shallowly cordate, sessile leaf with the base rounded that blooms on a fascile of solitary successive flowers arising from a reclining spathe at the base to the leaf with the peduncle 1/8" [1 to 1.2 mm] long and it has a single floral bract.

This species can be segregated from others in this section by the 2 membraneous lobes of the pubescent lip that have a pair of long, slender, membraneous lobes that look like microscopic walrus tusks.

Synonyms Ancipitia odobeniceps (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia odobeniceps; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide