Pleurothallis tipuloides Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Amphygiae Luer 1998

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Crane Fly-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

An epiphyte from Colombia and Ecuador that is found in cloud forest around 1600 meters in elevation with slender, erect ramicauls with close tubular sheaths above the base and carrying a single, apical, thinly coriaceous, subspreading, sessile, ovate, acute, long-mucronate, broadly cuneate to rounded below leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of single flowered, .6" to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, inflorescence arising through a prostrate spathe at the base of the leaf .

Very similar to P quadricaudata but differs in the twice longer lip with a narrowly triangular anterior lobe witha small glenion and erect, rounded, denticulate basal lobes.

Synonyms Acronia tipuloides (Luer) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia tipuloides