Pleurothallis aurita Schweinf 1940 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Long-Eared Pleurothallis

Flower Size about 1/4"

Found in eastern Costa Rica at elevations around 1100 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the lower half and another 1 to 2 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apcial, erect, thickly coriaceous, rigid, elliptical, acute, cuneate below intot he sessile abse leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with which it is concealed and has thin, tubular floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers

Found in Costa Rica on small roadside fence trees at an elevation of 1500 to 1700 meters in the Arenal Volcano area. It flowered for a few days in August and it has an outward appearance vegetatively of a Lepanthes yet the leaf is more folded [cordate]. Actual flower size is approx 1/4" and occurs on an apical, short, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Acronia aurita (C. Schweinf.) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos auritus (C.Schweinf.) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia aurita drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide