Pleurothallis carduela (Luer) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 TYPE Drawing of Acronia carduela by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Golden Finch Pleurothallis [Carduelis is the genus name for the golden finch an illusion to the flower color]

Flower Size .5" [1 cm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador on roadcuts at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath on the lower third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, horizontal,coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, slightly acuminate, sessile and deeply cordate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a peduncle .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long, concealed within the spathe, single or simultaneously, fascile of 3 flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, floral bracts.

Luer states that this orchid is similar to A bicolor but B carduela differs in the broader 7 veined dorsal sepal, the smaller synsepal, the oblong, minutely denticulate petals, and the broadly elliptical, denticulate lip.

Synonyms *Acronia carduela Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia carduela drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo fide;

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