Pleurothallis blepharopetala Schltr.1915 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name The Eyelash Petal Pleurothallis [refers to the ciliate petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found on western Mount Pichincha Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to nearly horizontal, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, slightly acuminate deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer and early fall on a fascile of short, concealed within the spathe, successively single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Acronia blepharopetala (Schltr.) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos blepharopetalus (Schltr.) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia blepharopetala drawing fide