Pleurothallis esmeraldae Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Acianthera Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Esmeraldas Pleurothallis [A department of Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Esmeraldas Ecuador and northern Peru at elevations around 750 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender, laterally compressed in the upper third ramicauls with a thin, tubular sheaths on the lower third and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, rigidly fleshy, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the early summer and late fall on a .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe in the sulcus of the leaf .

Synonyms Acianthera esmeraldae (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera erythrogramma

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