Pleurothallis tintinnabula Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeWarmLATE Spring

Common Name The Bell-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the hanging flowers]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guanacaste province of Costa Rica in wet forests at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by a thin, close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 shorter sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, arising laterally through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul, loose, secund flexuous, simultaneously 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Most similar to P papillifera but distinguished by the small habit, an acute, elliptical leaf, a flexuous raceme longer tha the leaf with several , nutant, purple flowers, obtuse concave dorsal sepal and synsepal, obtuse, concave, verrucose petlas and a thick, ovate, obtuse, subverrucose lep with thin, erect, rounded basal lobes." Luer 1998

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 94, f. 27. Luer 1996 drawing fide;

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 Vol 16 No 4:267 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis tintinabula;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

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 tintinnabula;

AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia tintinnabula photo fide;

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