Pleurothallis ramonensis Schltr. 1923 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo by Melania Munoz and The Bosque de Paz Website

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The San Ramon Pleurothallis [refers to where the species was first collected]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Alajuela province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1150 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a thin, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter ones at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from the apex of the ramicaul at the base of the leafloose, slender, strict, secund, up to 8" [to 20 cm] long including the 2.4 to 4" [6 to l0 cm] long peduncle, simultaenously few to several flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Vegetatively distinct in the subgenus with narrowly elliptical, acute leaves with a loose, simultaneously several flowered raceme that surpasses the leaf. The spathe is small and inconspicuous. The dorsal sepal is acuminate, the synsepal is cymbiform, the obtusepetals are convex and verrucose externally and the lip is thick, acute at the apex and has erect, retrorse labes at the base." Luer 1998

Synonyms Dracontia ramonensis (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Stelis alajuelensis Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2002; Stelis ramonensis (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 193-194 Schltr. 1923;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

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 16(4): 261 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Stelis alajuelensis

Lindleyana 16(4): 266 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Stelis ramonensis nom illegal;

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 ramonensis;

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

Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien, B, 113 Illustrations and Studies io Neotropical Orchidaceae. 3. On the identity of Dracontia pachyglossa aod D. ramonensis; with a new species, D. lueriana (Pleurothallidinae Karremans 2012 as Dracontia ramonensis drawing/photo fide;

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