Pleurothallis prognatha Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 Photo by Andreas Philipp

Common Name The Protusive Jaw Pleurothallis [An allusion to the Bulldog-like toothy appearance of the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 650 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with suberect to horizontal, winged above, terete below ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath at the base and another above and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate and decurrent base leaf that blooms in the spring on a 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long, distichous, racemose, 6 to 7 flowered inflorescence arising through a short spathe, with simultaneously opening flowers prostrate against the leaf

Synonyms Acianthera prognatha (Luer & R.Escobar) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera prognantha; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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