Pleurothallis pilifera Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

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Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

THROUGH

Common Name The Hair Bearing Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha, Carchi and Imbabura provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1400 to 2550 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, acuminate, deeply cuneate below into the elongate, slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on a fascile of 3 to 6, erect, congested, more or less secund, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer, 7.2 to 16" [ 18 to 40 cm] long including the 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with an as long as the ovary floral bract.

Similar to P jamiesonii except for the central cleft and the rounded basal callus of the lip. The lip is almost identical to P prolificans but theyt are separated miostly by the non prolofic, densely caespitose habit of P pilifera.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe pilifera (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Humboltia pilifera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Stelis pilifera (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 3: 172 Luer 1976 drawing fide;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 250 Dodson 1980 drawing fide

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis SUBGEN Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide;

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

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 Crocodeilanthe pilifera;

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