Pleurothallis rubroviridis Lindl. 1858 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986 Photo courtesy of of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Fragrance Full ShadeWarm to CoolSpring

Common Name The Red Green Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in wet montane forests as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 950 to 1600 meters with a basally terete ramicaul that gradually widens to the ancipitous apex with 2 distichous, short to elongate sheaths below, and carrying a single, apical, narrowly oblong-elliptic, rugose, shallowly emarginate, gradually narrowing below into the shortly conduplicate base leaf that blooms in nature in the spring on a fasiculate, few flowered, subsessile, racemose inflorescence with fleshy, musty smelling flowers.

Synonyms Acianthera cubensis (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Acianthera rubroviridis (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Humboldtia cubensis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia rubroviridis [Lindl.] Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis cubensis Lindl. 1858

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as P cubensis; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 165 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing good; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera rubroviridis; Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI 2004 drawing ok; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Acianthera rubroviridis photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide