Pleurothallis melanostele Luer & R.Vásquez 1981 SUBGENUS Pseudostelis [Schltr.] Luer 1998

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

Common Name or Meaning The Black Column Pleurothallis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz Bolivia at elevations around 2550 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout, broadly expanded towards the apex, sharply winged ramicauls enveloped at the base by 2 to 3 sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, margins of the sessile base continuous with the sharply winged apex of the ramicaul that blooms in the spring on a .4" [1 cm] long, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has an infundibular floral bract.

Synonyms Acianthera melanoglossa (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 20: 74. Luer 1996 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera melanoglossa