Pleurothallis chionopa Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986

Photo by Tom Fox

TYPE Drawing

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

Common Name The Snow White Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander Colombia and Napo Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1650 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, slightly compressed towards the apex ramicauls with 2 to 3, tubular sheaths about the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, suberect, ovate, acute, rounded below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, distichous, .8" [2 cm] long, including the .4" [1 cm] long, peduncle, simultaneously 6 to 8 flowered inflorecence arising through a spathe at the base of the sessile leaf.

Synonyms Acianthera chionopa (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVI Luer 2004 as drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera chinopa photo fide