Pleurothallis sicariopsis Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The P sicaria-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 1500 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with sharply three winged, erect, gradually widening above ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, the margins continuous with the ramicaul wings below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of congested, to .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul.

Similar to the the highly variable P sicaria but differs in the fleshier, obtuse sepals that form a prominent mentum below the column foot, the long-apiculate petals and a densely muricate lip.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 284 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing ok; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera sicariopsis

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