Pleurothallis agathophylla Rchb.f. 1881 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Dalton Holland Baptista

Deep shade WarmColdFall

Common Name The Good Leaf Pleurothallis [refers to ? some quality of the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Peru, Bolivia and southern Brazil at elevations of 1200 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a long-repent rhizome giving rise to an ascending, suberect, stout, slightly compressed and sulcate above ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, more or less convex, suborbicular to broadly elliptical, broadly obtuse to rounded and notched apically, broadly rounded and cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a subcongested, distichous, .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, simultaneously 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf through a spathe.

Synonyms Acianthera agathophylla (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboltia agathophylla (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis cyclophylla Luer 1976; Pleurothallis nakatae T.Hashim. 1986

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Bolivia Plate 575 Dodson 1984? drawing good; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as P cyclophylla photo/drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing good; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera agathophylla photo fide