Pleurothallis lamia Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Bugbear Pleurothallis [refers to the appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .2 [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 2900 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, sharply 3 winged, thicker towards the apex ramicauls with 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheath at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute, sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter and again in the summer on a fascile of successive, congested, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul

Synonyms Acianthera lamia (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2005 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera lamia photo fide