Pleurothallis ottocarii Rodr.-Mart., Rinc.-Useche & Karremans 2015 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing

Photo by Cristian Rincon-Useche/TYPE Drawing by Lizeth Martinez-Rodriguez

Full shade Cool Spring Fall

Common Name or Meaning Ottocar's Pleurothallis [Colombian Professor and consevationist current]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in remnant cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, thin, cylindrical ramicauls enveloped by tubular papyraceous bracts close to the base and carrying a sunerect, sessile, coriaceous, broadly elliptic leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a fascile of erect, peduncle 1" [2.5 cm] long, arising close to the apex of the leaf, to 7 open open at once, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Pleurothallis ottocarii is similar to P. scoparum but can be recognized by the widely elliptic (vs. narrowly-elliptic) leaves, the immaculate white (vs. white to pinkish with purple spots) sepals, which are shorter and narrower. The dorsal sepal has an incurved apex (vs. apex not incurved). The petals are white with large dark-purple spots on the basal half (vs. many small pinkish dots) and are shorter and narrower, they are strongly curved downward especially above the middle (vs. almost horizontal). The lip is suborbicular (vs. ovate), denticulate-serrulate (vs. fimbriate) and smaller." Rodr.-Mart., Rinc.-Useche & Karremans 2015

Synonyms Colombiana ottocarii (Rodr.-Mart., Rinc.-Useche & Karremans) Kolan. & Szlach. 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Systematic Botany 40[1] A New Pleurothallis from Colombia, with a Note on Ancipitia and Colombiana (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae Rodr.-Mart., Rinc.-Useche & Karremans 2015 drawing/photo fide; Orchids Dept. Valle del Cauca 4: 416 Kolan. & Szlach. 2016 drawing fide;