Pleurothallis cymbiformis Dod 1984 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Cryptophoranthae Luer 1986

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


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

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic as a mini-miniature sized 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 floral bract.

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 ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Dondodia erosa drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014