Pleurothallis eumecocaulon Schltr.1923 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia Luer 1986

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Plant and Flower

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Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica

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Common Name The Long Stemmed Pleurothallis [refers to the length of the ramicaul]

Flower Size 1/4" [7 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in moist forests at elevations of 800 to 1700 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, slender, laterally compressed above the middle ramicaul, that has a tubular bract below the middle and 2 to 3 basal sheaths, a coriaceous, erect, narrowly ovate, acute leaf with its base cuneate to rounded, shallowly cordate and sessile. It blooms on 1 to 3, erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, fascile of solitary successive flowers borne from a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf.

Closely related to P harpago but it has smaller flowers and with ciliated petals and a ciliate lip with a prominent, incurved, hook-like lip.

Synonyms Ancipitia eumecocaulon (Schltr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; THe Epidendra Website ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 187. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 ; Icones Pleurothallisinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis subgen Ancipita, Scopula and Trisetella Vol 6 1989 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Ancipitia eumecocaulon; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #11 2012 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide