Pleurothallis acestrophylla Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl. 1859

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeHot WarmWinter

Common Name or Meaning The Knitting Needle Pleurothallis [refers to the semi-terete leaf]

Flower Size .1" [3mm]

Found in Pastaza, Napo, Tungurahua, Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador and Amazonas department of Peru at elevations around 600 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with horizontal to pendant ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading to pendant, thickly coriaceous, semi-terete, linear-elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on a very short, succession of single flowers arising from a prone spathe and has tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the slender, semi-terete leaves that are narrowly cuneate at the base. The tiny purple flower is borne at the base of the leaf. The dorsal sepal and synsepal are obtuse and the petals are narrowly linear. The lip is thick, oblong and not channeled." Luer 2005

Synonyms Acronia acestrophylla (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos acestrophyllus (Luer) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 1(3): 224, f. 47 Luer 1975 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia acestrophylla drawing fide;

Phytotaxa 308 (1): 080088 Zambrano, Solano and Wilson 2017 photo fide

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