Pleurothallis epiglottis Luerb 1980SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Flower Closeup Photos by Philip Wojtas and his Flicker Orchid Photo Site


Common Name The Epiglottis Pleurothallis [refers to the erect glenion of the labellum]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, ascending to 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, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate-oblong, acute, slightly acuminate, sessile, cordate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall as well as in the spring on a .1 to .15" [2 to 3 mm] long, successive, single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe

"Distinguished from others by the broad, denticulate petals and a distinctive lip with erect, rounded sides, a transverse, apiculate apex and a thick, erect callus at the base that resembles an epiglottis". Quote by Luer

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia epiglottis drawing fide