Pleurothallis cernua Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Pleurothallis SERIES Pleurothallis Luer 1986 Photo by French Orchid Societe' Section Nord Website

Another Flower NOT! Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.

Full shade Cool Cold Winter Spring Summer

Common Name The Drooping Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in western Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1200 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, close tubular sheaths and another near the middle and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a fascile of 1 to 3 drooping, solitary flowers arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul.

CAUTION The first photo matches Luer's drawing exactly the second which is sold as P cernua is not, as to what it is I am still looking


References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide to the first photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide to the first photo; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide to the second photo