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Hook-Shaped Tongue Pleurothallis

Pleurothallis oncoglossa


Found in Costa Rica in shady moist cloud forest at elevations of 1100 to 1900 meters as a large sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and another on the lower half and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, avate, acute, acuminate, basally sessile and deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the winter on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence arising through a narrow spathe and holding the flower against the leaf base.


This individual was found in a Montane Rainforest at 1300 m a.s.l.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Pleurothallis oncoglossa

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Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 5 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD...beautiful delicate colourful flower.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

You're welcome Jessie! Beautiful photograph.

Jessie Aguilar
Jessie Aguilar 5 years ago

I originally thought about Pleurothallis oncoglossa and then changed because I wasn't sure. Thank you all!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 5 years ago

Congrats Jessie for the SOTD!

Beautiful find Jessie,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 5 years ago

Wow! Beautiful orchid - congrats on SOTD.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Daniel, thanks for the correction and for your original comment which I got as an email notification. I've changed the common name and scientific name for you Jessie. You may want to amend your description. Also, we're always keen to have the Habitat field filled with brief information as to the actual habitat where the spotting was made. Thanks in advance for filling it in :-)
P. oncoglossa is actually similar to P. cardiothallis, but has a large triangular lip with a narrow hook-like apex:

Felicidades poro SOTD.

DanielePralong 5 years ago

Congratulations Jessie, this stunning orchid is our Spotting of the Day:

"Pleurothallis cardiothallis is our Spotting of the Day! This montane cloud forest orchid has red-purple flowers that open on a heart-shaped leaf. Pleurothallis is a large, heterogenous genus of orchids found throughout the American tropics and which comprises species varied in size, morphology and growth habit. Their flowers are often tiny, and are pollinated by very small insects such as gnats".



AnoopPBhaskar 5 years ago

Such a wonderful photograph :)

Jessie Aguilar
Spotted by
Jessie Aguilar

Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Oct 31, 2018
Submitted on Nov 1, 2018

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