Pleurothallis ellipsophylla L.O.Williams 1942 SUBGENUS Acianthera

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Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Elliptical Leaf Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Costa Rica and western Panama in wet forests at elevations of sea level to 350 meters meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, stout, terete ramicauls enveloped on the lower quarter by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer through winter on a distichous, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] overall, rachis, .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe.

Synonyms Acianthera ellipsophylla (L.O.Williams) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera ellipsophyllaphoto fide