Pleurothallis constricta Luer & R.Escobar R. 1998 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The The Constricted Pleurothallis

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Santander Colombia at elevations of 2000 as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ovate, acute, attenuate, basally sessile and deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the winter on a short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from a reclining spathe from the base of the leaf..

Hey look in the lip area there's "Mr Bill!!!!OOOOOOOOOO"

Serriously this species is separated from others in the section by the large habit with acute, long-cordate leaves carrying a large flower with a seven veined dorsal sepal, subfalcate, smooth petals similar to A canidentis and a comparitively small, broadly ovate, constricted above the middle with decurved margins and a truncate apex.

Synonyms Acronia constricta (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos constricta (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia constricta drawing fide

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