Pleurothallis lacera Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Andreas Kay and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Angle

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Torn Pleurothallis [refers to the petals and lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 2600 to 3200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold terrestrial on steep banks with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, thickly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, sessile, rounded to shallowly cordate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on a fascile of .05 to .1" [1 to 2 mm] long, successive, single flowers arising through a spathe and has thin, tubular floral bracts

"This species has narrow leaves that are shallowly cordate to rounded at the sessile base and has non-resupinate flowers that are not very widely expanded. The middle sepal and synsepal are dark purple, smooth and concave while the petals and lip are broad and coarsely lacerate". Luer

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia lacera drawing fide