Plectrophora suarezii Dodson & M.W.Chase 1989 Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Hot SpringFall

Common Name Suarez's Plectrophora Ecuadorian, Original Collector of Species current]

Flower Size .2" [3 cm]

Found in Napo Ecuador at elevations of 300 to 450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyete in wet montane forests with small, rotund pseduobulbs enveloped basally by a few, leafless, imbricate, distichous, sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, gradually attenuate and conduplicate into the petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring through fall on a basal, successively few, single flowered inflorescence and a few triangular bracts and a similar floral bract

CAUTION the photo has no resemblance to the drawings in any of the references as they show a flower with wide spread sepals and petals and a lip theat is wide open and flat, but it does match exactly the photo by Hirtz in Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4. Anyone?


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchid of Ecuador Plate 570 Dodson & Chase 1989 drawing incorrect; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 31 1905 - 1976 Brieger 1995; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing hmm/photo fide