Pleurothallis cyanea Luer & R. Escobar 1984SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Plant Photo courtesy of Jim Hamilton of Petite Plaisance Orchids


Common Name The Blue Black Pleurothallis [refers to the leaves color]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Antioquia state, Colombia at elevations of 1800 to 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 scarious, sheaths with another loose, tubular, acuminate sheath below the middle and carrying a single, apical, ovoid, acute, cordate, basally conduplicate leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascile of single flowered inflorescence held close in to the leaf base

Distinguished by the large, deflexed blue green leaves that are as long as the ramicauls. The leaf carries a cluster of fleshy-rigid flowers arising from a reclining spathe from the base of the leaf. The flowers have a broadly ovate dorsal sepal that is rugose-verrucose within and a concave synsepal as well as verruculose and narrowly triangular petals arise from a broad base and the lip is thick and transversely ovate.

Synonyms Acronia cyanea (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos cyaneus ( Luer & R.Escobar ) Szlach. & Margonska 2001

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 2 1984 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia cyanea drawing ok; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photos fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 photo fide;