Pleurothallis tikalensis Correll & C. Schweinf. 1965 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

Closer Flower Photo

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey plant grown by Woodstream OrchidsCopyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Tikal Pleurothallis [National Park In Guatemala]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.6 cm]

Found in southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala in swamps and dense savannah and less so in tropical rainforests and lower montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a pendant ramicaul enveloped by obtuse, tubular-funnel shaped sheaths and carrying a single, apical, fleshy, lanceolate to elliptic, acute to obtuse apicallly, purple lined, gradually narrowing below into the sessile, conduplicate base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on a repent, racemose, shorter than the leaf, 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, 6 to 10 flowered, distichous inflorescence arising from a membraneaceous, conduplicate, triangular, thin, carinate spathe and has obliquely tubular, obtuse, shortly apiculate floral bracts.

Synonyms Acianthera tikalensis (Correll & C. Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera tikalensis; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 511 Hagsater, Soto 2002 as Acianthera tikalensis drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Acianthera tikalensis photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Acianthera tikalensis photo fide;