Pleurothallis aggeris Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Rhynchopera [Kl.] Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Dick McRill

Common Name The Dam Pleurothallis [refers to the Paute Dam site where this orchid was discovered]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 500 to 2400 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial occuring in deep humus or epiphyte on tree branches with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, loose, distichous, simultaneously opening several flowered, 8 to 11 1/4" [20 to 28 cm] long, slender, racemose inflorescence arising from a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul and with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Pleurothallis pedunculata var. peruviana C. Schweinf. 1953; Rhynchopera aggeris (Luer) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as P lanceolata; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as P lanceolata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Systematics of Pleurothallis subgenera Crocodeilanthe, Rhynchopera and Talpinaria Luer 1998 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 pg 285 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 pg 286 as P lanceolata photo fide