Pleurothallis cymbiformis Dod 1984 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

Plant and flowers

Photos by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing of Dondodia erosa

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Boat-Shaped Pleurothallis [refers to the synsepal]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Constanza province of the Dominican Republic without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with stout, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, denticulate-erose margins, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, .1 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an oblique, acute, half as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by a tuft of minutely denticulate-erose leaves borne by a much shorter ramicaul. The proportionally large, dark purplre flower is borne single by a short peduncle.The deeply concave synsepal and the concave dorsal sepal are adhernet at the tips to form wide lateralapertures in a manner seen in ther taxa in Zootrophion and Ophidion. The lip is broadl;y ovate and coarsely verrucose and erose." Luer 2006

Synonyms Acianthera cymbiformis (Dod) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Acianthera erosa (Garay) ined.; Cryptophoranthus erosus Garay 1969; Dondodia erosa (Garay) Luer 2006; Specklinia erosa (Garay) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

J. Arnold Arbor. 50: 462 Garay 1969 as Cryptophoranthus erosus;

* Moscosoa 3: 101 Dod 1984;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:243 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Acianthera cymbiformis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia cybiformis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Dondodia erosa;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Dondodia erosa drawing fide;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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