Pleurothallis hirtziana J.M.H.Shaw 2016 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

LATE EARLY

Common Name Hirtz's Pleurothallis [German Engineer and orchid Collector in Ecuador current]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm] wide

Found in Sucumbios province of Ecuador at elevations around 700 meters as a small sized, warm growing, shortly repent epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a below the middle close tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, acuminate, cuneate below into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, longer than the leaf, arising from the base of the leaf, peduncle 2.4" [6 cm] long, 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long overall, loose, 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence with as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by a loose, few to several flowered raceme that surpasses an elliptical, subsessile leaf. The dorsal sepal and shortly bifid synsepal are acute: the petals are narrowly ovate and fimbriate and the proportionately small lip is sagittate." Luer 2013

Synonyms *Acronia hirtzii Luer 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle as Acronia hirtzii drawing fide

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