Pleurothallis lojae Schltr. 1921 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindl. 1859 Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Full Shade Cool Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Loja Pleurothallis [A Province of Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 1300 to 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect to suberect, triquetrous, ramicauls enveloped below by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, narrowly oblong, obtusely acute, round below fleshy leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, 1" [2.5 cm] long, sub-densely 5 to 7 flowered inflorescence arising through a compressed, subacuminate spathe with oblong acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Acianthera citrophila (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Acianthera florosa (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Acianthera lojae (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Pleurothallis brunnescens Schltr. 1923; Pleurothallis citrophila Luer 1977; Pleurothallis florosa Luer 1977

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 183. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P brunnescens; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 229 Dodson 1980 as P florosa drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera florosa; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera lojae; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 as Acianthera lojae photo fide