Pleurothallis gigiportillae A.Doucette & J.Portilla 2016 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo by Pepe Portilla and The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette

Deep shade EARLY Spring

Common Name or Meaning Gigi Portilla's Pleurothallis [Daughter of Jose Portilla, president of Ecuagenera current]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a small to medium sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stems enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular, papery sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly cordate, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the early spring on a fasciculate, arising through a spathe,, peduncle .08" [2 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

" The species is unusual in Pleurothallis subsection Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae in having a free column foot, which may be unique in the section. It is difficult to hypothesize which species P. gigiportillae is most closely related to given the free column foot and pubescent lip. Superficially, the species resembles P. imperialis based on the size and habit of the plant the colour of the flowers." Doucette & Portilla 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Phytotaxa 257 (3) 238 Doucette & Portilla 2016 drawing/photo fide;