Pleurothallis crossota Luer & Dalström 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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Common Name The Fringed Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1300 to 1800 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramcauls with a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, sessile, deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of .1 to .15" [2 to 3 mm] long, successive, single brown flowers arising through a spathe.

Very similar to and part of the P cordata group, it is distinguished by the large cordate leaf, the medium sized, flower, the 5 veined dorsal sepal, the long-ciliate fringed petals and a proportionately large, 5 veined, ciliate, cordate-shaped lip which is more than 1/2 as long as the synsepal.

Synonyms Acronia crossota (Luer & Dalström) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos crossotus (Luer & Dalström) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

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