Pleurothallis ecomingae M.M.Jiménez, Baquero & Mark Wilson 2018 SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia SUBSECTION Scopula in ed.

TYPE Drawing

LCDP Photo by Mark Wilson/Tobar and Kay/TYPE Drawing by Luis Baquero

Full shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Ecominga Pleurothallis [Named after Fundacion EcoMinga, a science-based Ecuadorian conservation organization, which has established the Dracula Reserve in the Chical region of northwest Ecuador.]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in remnant cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2250 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect, terete ramicauls enveloped by a tubular, apyraceous sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect, sessile, thinly coriaceous, oblanceolate to narrowly elliptical, acute, the base narrowly cuneate, decurrent on the ramicaul leaf that blooms in the fall on erect, arising from a reclining scarious spathaceous bract near the apex of the leaf, peduncle filiform, ascending, .36" [9 mm] long, e a fascicle of solitary, successive flowers with half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is vegetatively similar to the narrowly lanceolate-leaved species from SUBGENUS Ancipitia SECTION Ancipitia SUBSECTION Scopula in ed., including P. aspergillum, P. garayana, P. ottocarii, P. ruscaria, P. scoparum and P. tetroxys. P. ecomingae can be easily distinguished from all of these species by the yellow and chestnut flowers with a minute, pubescent, tri-lobed lip in which the lateral lobes are elaborated into ‘horn-like’ projections, with a minute orifice in the apical region of the central lobe, as in species of the " P. crocodiliceps ( P. arietina and P. nelsonii)" complex." M.M.Jiménez, Baquero & Mark Wilson 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytotaxa 343: 252 A new species of Pleurothallis (Orchidaceae, Pleurothallidinae) from northwestern Ecuador with affinities to both subgenera Ancipitia and Scopula M.M.Jiménez, Baquero & Mark Wilson 2018 drawing/photo fide;