Pleurothallis diazii (Luer & Endara) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing of Acronia diazii by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning Diaz's Pleurothallis [Bolivian Co-collector of the species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cajamarca department of Peru at elevations around 2960 to 3050 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular near the middle and 2 others at the base carrying a single, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, sessile, cordate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on fascile of very short peduncles, totally concealed within a reclining spathe, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with tubular, as long as the the pedicel floral bracts.

Related to P lilijae but P diazii differs in the larger, suborbicular dorsal sepal, narrower petals, and a triangular lip with acute apical and basal angles as well as minutely pappilose margins to the lip which also has the center of the lip occupied by a well defined elliptical area that is probably analagous to a large glenion.

Synonyms *Acronia diazii Luer & Endara 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia dazii drawing fide;