Pleurothallis praecipua Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986 Photo by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Side View of Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens.

Another Flower Angle Photo courtesy of Walter Teague.

Another Flower? Photo by The Ecuagenera Orchid WEbsite

Common Name The Peculiar Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/5" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1650 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, sharply ancipitous above the middle, enveloped basally by 2 to 3 sheaths and another tubular sheath below the middle and carrying a rigid, coriaceous, erect, narrowly ovate, acute, carinate externally, somewhat conduplicate leaf with an obtusely cunate, sessile base that blooms in the summer on a 1 3/4" [3.4 cm] long, fascile of solitary, successive flowers arising from a reclining spathe.

Synonyms Ancipitia praecipua (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drwawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia praecipua; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide