Pleurothallis scaphipetala Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo by Daniel Jimenez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade HotWarmSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Boat-Shaped Petal Pleurothallis [refers to the shape of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in wet lowland forests elevations of 250 to 550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath in the lower half and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate and sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a reclining, arising through a spathe with the peduncle concealed within, peduncle .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long, a fascile of successively single, few flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying a resupinate flower.

Distinctive in the sepals are only slightly verrucose within as well as a concave lip and petals which are large, wide and deeply concave and more or less enclose the lip and column.

Synonyms Acronia scaphipetala (Luer) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 94. Luer 1996. drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia scaphipetala;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia scaphipetala drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo fide;

Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide

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