Pleurothallis vorator Luer & R. Vásquez 1980

SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Devourer Pleurothallis [An illusion to the column poised over the lip as the head of an animal about to eat from a dish]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Bolivia in cold cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 2800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by inflated tubular sheaths that are ancipitous toward the apex and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute, conduplicate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a fascile of successive, 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence holding the flower above the mid vein of the folded leaf.

Synonyms Ancipitia vorator (Luer & R. Vásquez) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia vorator