Pleurothallis asplundii Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

What is being sold as P asplundii

What is being sold as P asplundii another angle

Photos by The Ecuagenera Website

Deep shade Warm Fall

Common Name Asplund's Pleurothallis [Swedish Botanist 1900's and original collector of species]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations around 1760 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a close, tubular sheath on the lower third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, very narrowly ovate, acute, attenuate, cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascile of short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising and concealed within a slender spathe and has thin tubular floral bracts.

"Distinguished by long, slender ramicauls that bear long, narrowly atttenuated leaves, long peduncles and relatively large flowers. The dorsal sepal is seven veined, the petals are narrowly falcate and minutely denticulate. The oblong lip is scabrous." Luer 2005

CAUTION !!! The photos above being sold as P asplundii differ in the lack of a seven veined dorsal sepal, the horizontal petals which in P asplundii are held fu-manchu style and the leaf held at a 45 degree angle and appearingly shallowly cordate instead of erect and sessile. I feel these photos represent anther narrow leafed, larger flowered species as of yet I can not place it. The drawing by Luer is absolutely correct!

Synonyms Acronia asplundii (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos asplundii (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11: 147 Luer 1996 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Syatematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005as Acronia asplundii Drawing fide