Pleurothallis fossulata Luer & R.Escobar 1998 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar and The Epidendra Website

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Little Ditch Pleurothallis [refers to the cavity at the base of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador on roadbanks and in wet forests at elevations of 1420 to 3100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a close tubular sheath on the lower third and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on a fascile of successive single, few flowered inflorescence arising through and concealed by a spathe.

Synonyms Acronia fossulata (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos fossulata (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 21 #1 Luer & Escobar 1998 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia fossulata drawing fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photos good