Pleurothallis papillifera Rolfe 1916 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo by Bogarin

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

part Shade Warm Fall

Common Name The Papillae-Bearing Pleurothallis [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls with a sheath below the middle and 2 more at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, sessile, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from the apex of the ramicaul through a slender spathe, flexuous, 8" [20 cm] long, loosely several flowered, racemose inflorescence with thin, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Several, large, long-pedicellate, light green flowers are produced simultaneously, in a tall, flexuous raceme. The dorsal sepal and synsepal are concave and acute. The petals have purple papillae externally, along the veins and margins. The lip is thickly terete with minute, trnasverse rugae, keeled beneath and three lobed at the base." Luer 1998

Synonyms Dracontia papillifera (Rolfe) Luer 2004; Stelis papillifera (Rolfe) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ;

*Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1916: 77 Rolfe 1916;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:265 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Stelis papillifera;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Dracontia papillifera;

AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia papulifera photo fide;

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