Pleurothallis jupiter Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Jupiter Pleurothallis [refers to the large flower]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cotopaxi and Bolivar provinces of central Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes at elevations around 2800 to 3300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial on steep banks with slender, sub-erect ramicauls enveloped by a closely adpressed tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, more or less spreading, thickly coriaceous, oblong-ovate, sub-acute to obtuse, shortly acuminate, sessile, cordate to deeply cordate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a reclining, arising through a spathe, fascile of .1 to .15" [2 to 4 mm] long, successive, large single flowers with a tubular, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to P grandiflora but differs in the more robust, thicker leaves, a narrower, multi-veined dorsal sepal, a broad, ciliate-pubescent petals and a verrucose, fringed lip with the sides revolute above the middle and the apex curved as in P deflexa.

Synonyms Acronia jupiter (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos jupiter (Luer) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 1: 190 Luer 1975 Drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing as Acronia jupiter

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing as Acronia jupiter drawing fide

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