Pleurothallis saccatilabia C.Schweinf. 1940 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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Full shade Cool Cold Fall Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Saccate Lip Pleurothallis [refers to the concave labellum lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Mexico and Guatemala at elevations of 1250 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath in the lower half and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute, cuneate and sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with the peduncle concealed within and carrying thin tubular floral bracts and a resupinate flower

Characterized by the thick narrow leaf that is cuneate at the base and the dorsal sepal and the synsepal are broadly obtuse, the petals spathulate and the oblong, obtuse lip has a central cleft and erect basal angles.

All three of the above forms appear to be P saccatilabia so it seems that it can be quite variable in flower form and colors.

Synonyms Acronia saccatilabia (C.Schweinf.) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos saccatilabius (C.Schweinf.) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide to the first, ok to the second and good for the third; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia saccatilabia drawing fide

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