Pleurothallis pompalis Ames 1924 SUBGENUS Uncifera Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Costa Rican Orchid Photo Page

Inflorescence Photo by Bill Temple


Common Name The Parade-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1500 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, narrowly obtuse to subacute apically, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a slender, loose, secund, 6.8 to 9.2" [17 to 23 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Similar to P canae, P segoviensis and P pilostoma but differs in the narrow and convex synsepals and the lobes of the lip are small and longer than broad.

Synonyms Stelis pompalis (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Unciferia pompalis (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1382 Atwood drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Uncifera pompalis; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;