Pleurothallis cachabensis Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Macrophyllae-Racemosae [Lindl] Luer 1986

Photo by Alexander Hirtz and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Summer

Common Name The Cachabi Pleurothallis [A Community in Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador in wet forests at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a large sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheaths above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a loose, arising through a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf, pendent, weak, 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with a longer than the pedicel floral bract and carries non-resupinate flowers.

"Similar to P corunalis but differs in the short, drooping raceme of pale rose, non-spotted, transluscent flowers. The synsepal is deeply concave, the large protruding petals are fimbriate and the lip is transversely oblong and minutely fimbriate with a pair of erect, basal horns." Luer 1999

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing/photo fide;

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