Pleurothallis calypso Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 1986

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shadeCool spring

Common Name or Meaning The Calypso Pleurothallis [refers the nymph Calypso who hid Ulysses, an allusion to the hidden flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 1250 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing, pendant, repent epiphyte with stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 inflated, compressed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, pendant, thinly coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, .05" [1 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped completely by a large inflated, foliaceous spathe hiding the flower within

Synonyms Apoda-prorepentia calypso (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidiane Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Apoda-prorepentia; Icones Pleurothallidiane Third Century of Stelis Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera calypso photo fide