Pleurothallis batrachus Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cool Fall

Common Name The Frog-Like Pleurothallis [An allusion to the appearance of the flower sitting on the leaf]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath on the lower third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, suberect, oblong,-ovate, deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a short, succession of single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and carrying large gaping flowers.

Similar to P titan but differs in the smaller flower, also similar to P cardiothallis but it is smaller, from both, A batracha is distinguished by a smaller lip that is convex and minutely papillose instead of concave and shiny smooth.

Synonyms Acronia batracha (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos batrachus (Luer & Hirtz) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2004 as Acronia batracha drawing fide