Pleurothallis bucculenta Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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

Full shade CoolLATE Summer EARLYFall

Common Name or Meaning The Full Cheek Pleurothallis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Tungurahua province of Ecuador on road embankments at elevations around 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial with slender, erect ramicauls with a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apcial, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a short, arising and concealed within a spathe, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bract

"Rrecognized by its medium stature, its comparatively short, slender stems and the spreading, dark, glossy green, leathery, heart-shaped leaves, each leaf has borne its solitary, relatively large, glistening, maroon flower. The sepals are obtuse, but the smooth petals are narrow and pointed. The most distinguishing feature is the elliptical lip, convex with a shallow central groove, which appears to present a pair of full, rounded cheeks." Luer 1976

Synonyms Acronia bucculenta (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos bucculentus (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3: 70 Luer 1976 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Luer 2003 photo fide;

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

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

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