Pleurothallis conformalis Luer & Dalström 2003 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Conforming Pleurothallis [refers to its similarity to many others]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, terete ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute rounded below into the sessile bse leaf that blooms in the winter on a .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long, arising through and concealed by a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying red-brown flowers.

"The plant is characerized by the thin, longer than the leaf ramicaul carrying an erect, narrowly ovate leaf. The flowers are of average size and rust colored, has a 7 nerved dorsal sepal with recurved sies above the middle. The synsepal is considerably wider, the oblong and minutely ciliate-erose petals are half as long. The subquadrate, diffuse and minutely warty lip has a well formed cavity at the base which is deflexed to form a conpicuous claw." Luer 2003


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 22 #3 pg 259-261, 282. Luer & Dalstrom 2003 drawing fide