Pleurothallis trifurcata Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae 1998

Photo by Ron Parsons and Picasa Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Cold LATERSummer Fall

Common Name The 3 Pronged Lip Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 2600 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, shortly acuminate, broadly to narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later summer and fall on 1 to 2, erect to arching, 3.2 to 8" [8 to 20 cm] long, loose, simultaneouwly several flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe at the base of the leaf..

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide;

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