Pleurothallis lunaris Luer & R.Escobar 1981

SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Another Flower ? photo by © The Ecuagenera Website

Another Flower ?

Leaf and Flower ? photos by Duane McDowell © and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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

Common Name The Moon-like Pleurothallis [refers to the large, rounded pale orange flowers]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a long, close, tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, undulate, narrowly ovate, acute, deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of .4" [1 cm] long, successively, single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf

CAUTION Only the first photo is the true P lunaris, all the other photos are from plants sold by Ecuagenera and they are not P lunaris, as to what they are hmmmm. The sepals are not round enough, the petals are too narrow and the leaf does not seem undulate enough. Luer's Drawing is absolutely correct.

Synonyms Acronia lunaris (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos lunaris (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 Drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide to the first photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Luer 2005 as Acronia lunaris drawing fide to the first photo only, all others not round enough sepals, petals too thin, leaf not undulate