Pleurothallis bryonii [Luer]in ed.

TYPE Drawing by Luer


Common Name Byron's Pleurothallis [Named for Bryon K. Rinke of Winfield, KS, who imported and cultivates this species current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a miniature to just medium sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, channeled and sharply compressed above, gradually more deeply compressed toward the leaf ramicauls with 2 to 3 thin, tubular basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, sessile base leaf with the margins continuous with the wings of the ramicaul that blooms in the earlier summer a congested, decurving, simultaneously 6- to 7-flowered raceme, 2.5 cm long including the peduncle ca. 1 cm long, from the apex of the ramicaul; floral bracts acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellowish with red marginally, microscopically pubescent externally, coarsely short-ciliate sepals, translucent petals with a red midvein, and a thick dull yellow lip.

"This species is distinguished by a short, drooping, simultaneously-flowered raceme of small flowers. The sepals are fleshy and coarsely ciliate; the petals are serrate; and the lip is thick with a pair of large calli, deeply channeled between, that occupy the middle third." Luer 2012

Synonyms *Acianthera bryonii Luer 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and Lisa Thoerle as Acianthera byronii drawing fide