Pleurothallis xenion Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Xenion TYPE for the SUBGENUS

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Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Alien Pleurothallis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size 1" [2 cm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia in scrub cloud forests at elevations around 3200 meters mini-miniature sized, prolific, cold growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping rhizome giving rise to erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence a with a much shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to P longiserpens but differs in the morphology of the li pand its attachment to the column-foot. Instead of an elongated tip of the column-foot that protrudes into a cavotu at the abse of the lip, the truncate base of the lip is inflexibly attached to the column-foot." Luer 2006

Synonyms Andinia xenion (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & Mark Wilson 2017; Xenosia xenion (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986 Luer 1986

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986 drawing fide;

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 2004 as Xenosia xenion;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Xenion xenion;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia xenion photo fide