Pleurothallis depressa Luer & R. Escobar 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.


Common Name The Pressed Downwards Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers being pressed into the leaf]

Flower Size .6" [1.5cm]

Found in Choco' Colombia at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 slender, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, broadly cordate, obtuse, shortly acuminate, basally sessile leaf that blooms in the spring on a successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a reclining spathe and a thin floral bract and with the flower widely spread and apressed to the surface of the leaf.

The most distinctive feature of this species is the solitary, flat flower lieing flat against the surface of the leaf as well as the translucent pale yellow sepals and the proportionately small, shortly pubescent, ovate lip.

Synonyms Acronia depressa (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2004; Zosterophyllanthos depressa (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak, Richardiana 6: 133 (2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia depressa; Lankesteriana 18: 217-230 Wilson, Zhao etal 2018 photo fide