Pleurothallis ensata Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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Common Name The Fringed Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes in very wet montane forests often in citrus, coffee and guava trees at elevations around 800 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late winter, spring and summer on a fascile of .05 to .1" [1 to 2 mm] long, successive, single flowers arising through a spathe

Differs from others in the tall slender ramicauls with erect, narrowly elliptic leaves that are narrrowly cuneate at the base as well as obtuse sepals, thickly triangular petals and an oblong lip with a rounded apex.

Synonyms Acronia ensata (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos ensatus (Luer) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 228 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia ensata

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