Pleurothallis blepharopetala Schltr.1915 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cold Summer

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

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, caespitose 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 with a tubular, less than half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the narrowly ovate, suberect leaves and a medium sized purple flower. The sepals are obtuse and the petals are dinticulate. The distinctive lip is very thick and ovoid with a central cavity." Luer 2005

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 1: 174 Luer 1975 Drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Syatematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia blepharopetala

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

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