Phloeophila pelecaniceps (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flowers

Photo by Mark Wilson


Common Name The Pelican Head Phloeophila

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Panama at elevations of 850 to 1000 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, minutely bilobed apically, gradually narrows below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf which blooms in the spring on an erect, single flowered inflorescence that is longer than the leaves and arises from near the apex of the ramicaul and has a tubular bract below the middle and a tubular floral bract and carrying nodding, solitary flowers.

Synonyms Luerella pelecaniceps (Luer) Braas 1979; Masdevallia pelecaniceps Luer 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Selbyana Vol 3 22 Luer 1976 as Masdevallia pelicaniceps Drawing fide; Thesarus Masdevalliarum Vol 1 Luer & Treschslin 1983 watercolor fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Masdevallia Vol 2 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Phloeophila pelicaniceps; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Luerella pelicaniceps photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(3) XIX 2019 as Luerella pelicaniceps photo fide