Pleurothallis brachiata Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae 1998 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Armed Pleurothallis [refers to the lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations of 1500 to 2200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial on road banks with slender, ascending to erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle, another below the middle and one other at the base carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 12, erecet, arching, subcongested, subsecund, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf and has oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate214 Dodson 1980 drawing fi8de; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1984; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide