Pleurothallis batrachus Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

TYPE Drawing

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 province of Ecuador at elevations around 1500 to 1600 meters as a medium sized, cool growing, caespitose 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, arising through a spathe, a succession of single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract 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 batrachus 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 ;

*Lindleyana 11: 149 Luer & Hirtz 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Syatematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005as Acronia batracha Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Syatematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005as Acronia batracha drawing fide

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