Pleurothallis tikalensis Correll & C. Schweinf. 1965 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

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Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey plant grown by Woodstream OrchidsCopyright 2002 All rights reserved.

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Common Name The Tikal Pleurothallis [National Park In Guatemala]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.6 cm]

Found in southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala in swamps and dense savannah and less so in tropical rainforests and lower montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant ramicaul enveloped by obtuse, tubular-funnel shaped sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, lanceolate to elliptic, acute to obtuse apicallly, purple lined, gradually narrowing below into the sessile, conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on a repent, racemose, shorter than the leaf, 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, 6 to 10 flowered, distichous inflorescence arising from a membraneaceous, conduplicate, triangular, thin, carinate spathe and has obliquely tubular, obtuse, shortly apiculate floral bracts.

Synonyms Acianthera tikalensis (Correll & C. Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera tikalensis; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 511 Hagsater, Soto 2002 as Acianthera tikalensis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Acianthera tikalensis photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Acianthera tikalensis photo fide;

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