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

Plant and Flowers Photos by Jay Pfahl


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 ; 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