Pleurothallis alvaroi Luer & R. Escobar 1981SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Pink Flowered Specimen

Photo by Andreas Philipp

Inflorescence and Leaf Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.

Common Name Alvaro Mejia's Pleurothallis [Colombian orchid grower]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in the central cordillera of Colombia near Medellin as a small sized, cool to cold growing, epiphyte at elevations around 2000 meters with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths with another below the middle carrying an erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, lightly acuminate leaf with a sessile base and broadly cuneate that blooms in the spring in cultivation on a loose, distichous, 5.5 to 6" [14 to 20 cm] long, simultaneously opening, several flowered inflorescence subtended by a reclining spathe and having infundibular, thin floral bracts.

Synonyms Acronia alvaroi (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 3 Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia alvaroi; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo fide