Pleurothallis simulans L.O.Williams 1940 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis Subsection Acroniae SERIES Amphygiae Luer 1998

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Common Name The Simulating Pleurothallis [refers to the column and lip's resemblance to Stelis in the Authors eyes]

Flower Size .32" [8mm]

Found in Cocle' and Veraguas province sof Panama around 900 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused below, narrowly elliptical, acute, sessile, narrowly cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a lateral, arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf, slender, .35" to .4" [9 to 10 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with just shorter than the pedicel floral bract and carries a non-resupinate flower.

"Characterrized by the single, non-resupinate, dark purple flower produced at the base of the narrowly elliptic leaf. The sepals are ovate and shortly acuminate, the petals are elliptical with lacerate margins and the lip is thickly and broadly ovate with a minutely denticulate-fringed margin. A large glenion occupies the center of the disc." Luer 1998

Synonyms Acronia simulans (L.O.Williams) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos simulans (L.O.Williams) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 27(3): 282. L.O. Williams 1940

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide;

Selbyana 3: 188 Luer 1976 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinae Vol III Systematics of Pleurpthallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 3 2004 photo fide;

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

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