Pleurothallis doucetteana L.E.Matthews 2018 SUBGENUS Restrepioidia Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing

Photos /TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette

Part shade Winter

Common Name Doucette's Pleurothallis [Doucette, American Botanist current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador? without locational or elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose, presumed epiphyte with well developed stems enveloped by 2 to 3 tubularpapery sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, tridentate apically, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, fasciculate, peduncle, filiform, glabrous, .144" [3.6 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with tubular, membraneous, half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Most similar to Pleurothallis talpinarioides but can be distinguished by the narrow spathe held agaisnt the center of the leaf vs a broad spathe held away form the leaf, the subpetiolate vs petiolate base leaf, the sepals marked heavily in purple vs rose white and the lip with an apical apiculum vs no apiculum. Also similar to P tentaculata but differs in the smaller plant size, the purple sepals and the apiculate lip" Matthews 2018

There are 2 more species from the Andes with narrow leaves less than .4" [1 cm] wide, O portillae and O mocosoaae.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* OrchideenJ. 6(3): 10 Matthews 2018 drawing/photo fide