Pleurothallis chaparensis (Luer & R.Vásquez) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing of Acronia chaparensis by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning The Chapare Pleurothallis [the province within the department of Cochabamba where the species occurs]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia without elevational data as a miniature to small sized epiphyte with slender, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base carrying a single, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, sessile, shallowly cordate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a peduncle .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long, concealed within a spathe, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying the flower lying against the base of the leaf.

Related to P microcardia but P chaparensis differs in the sepals that are not as proportionally narrow and the large red lip that is half as long as the synsepal and appears to be much wider than the revolute synsepal but when flattened is only a bit wider

Synonyms *Acronia chaparensis Luer & R.Vásquez 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia chaparensis drawing fide;