Pleurothallis calamifolia Luer & R.Escobar 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Full shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Reed-Like Leafed Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, narrowly linear with revolute sides, acute, shallowly cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a fascile of .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long, concealed within the spathe, successively single flowered inflorescence with infundibular floral bracts.

This species and P subtilis are very similar vegetatively and differ only in the flowers with P calamifolia having thick petals, especially at the obtuse apex and the lip is proportionally larger, non-verrucose and concave at the end unlike P sutilis which has thin, acute petals and the lip is verrucose and not concave but sharply deflexed apically

Synonyms Acronia calamifolia (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 20: 40 Luer & Escobar 1996 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol XVII Luer 1999 as Acronia calamifolia drawing fide;