Pleurothallis ericae [Luer] in ed.

SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

Photo by Erica Moron de Abad


Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Cold LATEFall

Common Name or Meaning Erica's Pleurothallis [Sra Moran de Abad Peruvian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size

Found in Junin department of Peru at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, compressed, channeled above the middle ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 basal, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, smooth, shiny, purple with green margins, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall on as fascile of, from the base of the leaf through a spathe, peduncle .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long, .4" [1 cm] long overall, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, a third longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying fleshy orange flowers.

"This large species from Peru, is characterized by erect, compressed ramicauls with elliptical leaves, and a succession of short, few-flowered racemes of fleshy, reddish orange flowers. The sepals are densely pubescent externally and pusticulate within. Most remarkable is the small, thick, narrowly oblong lip that is longitudinally channeled." Luer 2012

Synonyms *Acianthera ericae Luer 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer and Lisa Thoerle as Acianthera ericae drawing fide Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera ericae photo fide