Pleurothallis madsenii Luer 1999 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae Luer 1998

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name Madsen's Pleurothallis [American Original Collector of Species current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador at elevations of 2500 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold, prolific growing epiphyte with slender, erect, apparently only once superposed ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 thin, tubular sheaths above and below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf subcongested, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, simultaneoulsy many flowered inflorescence with an infundibular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Similar to P ramificans but differs in the erect ramicuals with only one to two erect, superposed stems, shorter racemes and the flowers are much smaller and fleshy." Luer 1999


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide;