Pleurothallis diabolica Luer & R. Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Full ShadeHot Warm Fall

Common Name The Devilish Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia on the western Cordillera and in nortwestern Ecuador in primary forests at elevations of 300 to 850 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, deflexed, rigid, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, basally sessile, deeply cordate leaf that is sometimes conduplicate basally and curved upward above the middle that blooms in the fall on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the leaf through an erect, conduplicate spathe.

Disitnguished from others by the lip with acute basal angles that are erect like a pair of horns

Synonyms Acronia diabolica (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2005; Pleurothallis exserta Luer & Hirtz 1988; Zosterophyllanthos diabolicus ( Luer & R.Escobar ) Szlach. & Marg. 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia diabolica drawing fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide;