Pleurothallis tetragona Luer & Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Tetragona Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers Photos by Jay Pfahl

Plant and side view of Flower Photo by Jorge Mario Munera


Common Name The Four Sided Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

This small sized epiphytic species is found in Colombia in wet montane forests from elevations around 1200 to 2600 meters and is a cold to warm growing plant with slender, erect, sharply 4 angled above the base ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular, inflated sheaths and one above the middle carrying a single, apical, rigid, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute leaf with the base broadly cuneate to rounded and seccurrent on the ramicaul.

This mono-sectioned orchid blooms in the summer on a fascile of solitary successive flowers bourne from a reclining spate.

Synonyms Ancipitia tetragona (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia tetragona; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo not