Pleurothallis scalpricaulis Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.

Common NameThe Cutting Stem Pleurothallis [Refers to the stems winged apex]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador in tropical wet forests at elevations around 350 to 950 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect to subpendulous, basally terete, apically winged, sulcate stems enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, dark green elliptic-lanceolate, gradually narrowing below into the winged base leaf that blooms in the spring on a very short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from a spathe at the base of the leaf and holding the flower close in.

Synonyms Acianthera scalpricaulis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 579 Dodson 1983 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986;Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera scalpricaulis; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VOl XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;