Pleurothallis crucifera Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shade Warm toCool LATEWinter to EARLYSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Cross-Carrying Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1000 to 2500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect slender ramicaul enveloped basally by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, round, deeply cordate, acute, thick, sessile basally, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and holding the flower close to the leaf base.

Synonyms Acronia crucifera (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos crucifer (Luer & Hirtz) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2004 as Acronia crucifera drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 as Acronia crucifera photo fide;