Pleurothallis llanganatensis (Luer & Hirtz) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing of Acronia llanganatensis by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Llanganates Cordillera Pleurothallis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Pastaza province of Ecuador at elevations aroumd 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, suberect ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, suberect to spreading, thickly coriaceous, narrowly-ovate, acute, acuminate, sessile, cordate leaf that blooms in the spring on a short, peduncle hidden within a reclining spathe, 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, loose floral bract and carrying dark purple flowers.

”This species is from the eastern slopes of the Andes of central Ecuador and is similar to P nephroglosssa. The species is distinguished by the slightly smaller, dark purple flowers with a proportionally wider, cucullate dorsal sepal. The petals are broader, convex and glabrous to the nbaked eye. The lip is transversly reniform, essentially smooth and devoid of papillae, with a truncate, non-cordate base. The species is most similat to the new species P suinii, also from southern Ecuaodr, but P llanganatensis differs in the transversely reniform lip with decurved sides.” Luer 2005

Synonyms *Acronia llanganatensis Luer & Hirtz 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia llanganatensis drawing fide;

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