Pleurothallis megalotis Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Macrophyllae-Racemosae [Lindl] Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shadeCoolSummer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Big-Eared Pleurothallis [refers to the rounded basal lobes of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Napo Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 1850 to 1950 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, lightly acuminate, the base cuneate into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a fascile of single, successive flowered, [2 to 3mm] long, inflorescence confined within the spathe

Identified by the fascile of short-pedunculate, solitary flowers with a deeply incised, three lobed lip with a deeply concave middle lobe and large orbicular, basal lobes flank the column.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide, Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;