Pleurothallis retusiloba C.Schweinf. 1951 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

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

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Common Name The Retuse Lobe Pleurothallis [refers to the apex of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cusco department of Peru at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath above the middle and 2 to 3, loose, tubular, imbricating sheaths at the base at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 1 to 2, simultaneous, arising through a spathe from an annulus just below the abscission layer, more or less secund on a .02 to .08" [9 to 14 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle,simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with much longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the slender habit, the ramicaul with a long, loose sheath above the middle. The many flowered raceme of small flowers from an inconspicuous spathe, slightly exceeds the oblong, petiolate base leaf. The sepals are ciliate, the petals are truncate and the lip is three lobed. The anterior lobe is broad and retuse. The lateral lobes are erect, slightly uncinate at the tip with an intramural callus along the anterior margin." Luer 1998

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe retusiloba (C.Schweinf.) Luer 2004; Stelis retusiloba (C.Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 15: 100 Schweinfurth 1951;

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 16(4): 266. (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Stelis retusiloba;

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 retusiloba

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