Pleurothallis cubitoria Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Leaf and flowerPhoto by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

LATER EARLIER

Common Name The Lounging Pleurothallis [suggesting a snooze in a chaise lounge]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with a suberect to horizontal, slender ramicaul enveloped by a close tubular sheath near the middle and 2, others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, rounded and shallowly cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a successively single, flat against the leaf, inflorescence arising through and concealed by a slender, spathe and has a tubular floral bract

This species is related to Pleurothallis microcardia and P tamaensis differing mostly in the long narrow leaf and a dorsal sepal that surpasses the leaf base along the ramicaul, The petals are also very long and reach to longer than the margins of the leaf.

Synonyms Acronia microcardia subsp. cubitoria (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos cubitorius (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

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

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