Pleurothallis oscitans Ames 1934 SUBGENUS Didactylus Luer 2004 Photo by Bogarin

Common Name The Sleepy Pleurothallis [referes to the flaccid inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Honduras, Panama and Ecuador at elevations around 200 to 600 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with purple, slender, erect, horizontal to descending ramicauls enveloped by a tubualr sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate or rounded below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a pendent, 32. to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, flaccid, distichous, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf with infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms Acianthera oscitans (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Didactylus oscitans (Ames) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Didactylus oscitans; Lankestriana 12(1): Karremans and Bogarin 2012 as Acianthera oscitans Drawing/photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera oscitans photo fide '