Pleurothallis amplectens Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Macrophyllae-Racemosae [Lindl] Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cold LATE Summer EARLY Fall

Common Name The Clasping Pleurothallis [refers to the lip which embraces the column]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations of 1900 to 2900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing scandent epiphyte or terrestrial with slender, erect ramicauls with a close tubular sheaths below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellipitical,acute, slightly acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a drooping, .8 to .88" [2 to 2.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe set below the abscision layer and gives rise to the next ramicaul after flowering.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 Drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide