Pleurothallis archilarum Chiron 2011 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae Luer 1998

Photo courtesy of The Species Idenditication Task Force Blog of the American Orchid Society


Drawing by Guy Chiron

Common Name The Archilas' Pleurothallis [Guatemalan Family orchid nurserymen current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala on trees in moss at elevations around 1550 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls carrying a single, apical, elliptic, acute apically, truncate cordate below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a pendent, 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence.

Similar to P penduliflora but differs in the much longer sepals and differently shaped petals. The dorsal sepal is lanceolate with an acute apex, the lateral sepals are orbicular-elliptic with an acute-rounded apex, the petals are elliptic with an acuminate apex and dentate margins. The column is oblong-pandurate." Chiron 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Richardiana 6(4): 200. Chiron 2011 drawing/photo fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide