Pleurothallis thymochila Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Dracontia Luer 1986 Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Website.

Full shade Hot Warm Spring Fall

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

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama at elevations around 350 to 1750 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing 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, slender, subflexuous, 11.2" [28 cm] long, distantly several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a slender spathe at the apex of the ramicaul 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 ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Dracontia thymochila

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