Pleurothallis anthurioides A.Doucette 2016SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

Plant and Flowers

TYPE Drawing

Photos/TYPE Drawing by © Alfonso Doucette


Common Name The Anthurium-like Pleurothallis [refers to the shoots that appear like an inflorescecne of an Anthurium]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Boca del Toros province of Panama at elevations around 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing caespitose epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, papery sheaths and carrying a sinlgle, apical, cordate, horizontal, coriaceous, acute, tridenticulate leaf that blooms in the winter arising through an erect, papery spathe with a fascile of successive, peduncle terete, .4" [1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, membraneous, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"The species is similar to Pleurothallis phyllocardia Rchb.f. but the new species differs in having broader sepals (.36 to .48" [9 to 12 mm] vs. .28 to .36" [7 to 9 mm]) and petals (.12" [3 mm] vs. .08 to .1" [2 to 2.5 mm]), sepal margins that are not revolute, a dorsal sepal that is yellow rather than entirely purple, petals that are held at an acute angle relative to the lip and a rugose lip." Doucette 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología XXXIII - 2 / octubre Doucette, Wilson etal 2016 drawing/photo fide;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;

Harvard Papers in Botany Vol. 26, No. 1 2021, The Researchgate Website photo/drawing fide;