Pleurothallis anceps Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Leaf and Flowers Photo by Jay Pfahl

Full shade CoolColdSpring Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Double Edged Pleurothallis [refers to the compressed ramicaul]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1400 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, sharply ancipitous ramicauls with a thin tubular sheath above the base and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, coriaceous, erect, ovate to narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascicle of solitary, successive flowers borne from a reclining, .2 to .4" [5 to 10 mm] long, spathe at the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Ancipitia anceps (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Luer 1989 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia anceps