Pleurothallis heteropetala Luer 1976SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Different Petal Pleurothallis [refers to the unequal halves of the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pastaza Ecuador along rivers at elevations around 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender, terete ramicauls with a loose tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, acute, rounded below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a congested, .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf and has a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Acianthera heteropetala (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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