Pleurothallis melanosticta Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae Luer 1998

Plant and Flowers

Photos by The French Orchid Society Nord Website

Inflorescence

Another Angle

Photos courtesy of Patricia Harding

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Cool

Common Name The Black-Spotted Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in riverine forests at elevations of 1070 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close, tubular sheaths and another near the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf, densly many simultaneously flowered, 8" [20 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with a longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"Distinguished by the elliptical leaf carrying a long, many flowered inflorescence of small greenish whiite flowers conspicuously spotted with black. The dorsal sepal is oblong and obtuse, the synsepal is deeply concave and the conspicuous white petals are spathulate. The lip is deeply cup shaped and apiculate with erect, round sides. The margins of the lateral lobes are thickened with a recessed verruculous edge." Luer 1999

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11: 170 Luer 1996 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999

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

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

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