Pleurothallis thymochila Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Hot cool Spring Fall

Common Name The Warty Lipped Pleurothallis [refers to the verrucose lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama and Cocle' provinces of Panama at elevations around 350 to 1750 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped below the middle by a thin, close fitting, tubular sheath and 2 shorter sheaths below and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, obtuse, subsessile, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, slender, subflexuous, 11.2" [28 cm] long, distantly several flowered, racemose inflorescence with half as long or less than the pedicel floral bracts.with 2 to 3 flowers open at any one time.

Closest to P pachyglosssa but differs in the obtuse, sessile leaf, an inconspicuous spathe, a loose, successively flowering inflorescence with medium sized flowers with rounded, erect basal lobes of a broad, thick, verrucose lip.

Synonyms Dracontia thymochila (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis thymochila (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3(3-4): 398-399, f. 299. Luer 1977 Drawing;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis 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;

Lindleyana 16(4): 267. Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Stelis thymochila

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004as Dracontia thymochila

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