Andinia hirtzii Luer 2005

Inflorescence Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep ShadeCold SpringFall

Common Name or Meaning Hirtz's Andinia [German Engineer, Orchid Enthusiast and Orchid Collector in Ecuador current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, ascending ramicauls enveloped by 2, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a loose, to 4.4" [to 11 cm] long including the 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence

This species belongs in the genus Pleurothallis but as yet has not been described as such so I have it here

Synonyms Oreophilus hirtzii (Luer) Archila 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok;