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?

Synonyms

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

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