Pleurothallis carnosilabia A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes 1966 SUBGENUS Dracontia SECTION Dracontia Luer 1986

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Photos Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by A.H. Heller & A.D. Hawkes


Common Name The Fleshy Lipped Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, Chontales department of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Veraguas rovince of Panama at elevations of 500 to 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 short tubular sheaths and another larger, tubular sheath below the middle and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a laterally from near the apex of the ramicaul, through a slender spathe, on a .4" [1 cm] long, successively 2 flowered inflorescence with as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Vegetatively the smallest species in the subgenus, it is readily distinguished by the small elliptical, shortly petiolate leaves , the short drooping, successively 2 flowered inflorescence with large fleshy flowers, verrucose petals with lamellae within, and a large, white, bulbous, protruding lip nearly as large as the synsepal.

Synonyms Dracontia carnosilabia (A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes) Luer 2004; Pleurothallis caligularis Luer 1976; Stelis carnosilabia (A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 14(1): 9-10, t. 5. A.H. Heller & A.D. Hawkes 1966 drawing fide;

Selbyana 3(12): 7475, f. 140 Luer 1976 as P caligularis Drawing fide;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1088 Hamer 1984 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of SUBGEN. Pleurothallis, Sect Abortivae, Set truncatae Sect Pleurothallis Sect Acroniae Subsection Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen unciferaa Luer 1998 drawing fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:261 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Stelis carnosilabia;

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 Dracontia carnosilabia drawing fide;

Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #9 2011 as Dracontia carnosilabia photo fide;