Pleurothallis molleturoi Luer & Dodson 1998

SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Specimen by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Molleturo Pleurothallis [A town in southwestern Ecuador]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with fasciculate, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3, loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, more or less distichous, .4 to .5" [1 to 1.2 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe with an annulus with oblique floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Crocodeilanthe molleturoi (Luer & Dodson) Luer 2004; Stelis molleturoi (Luer & Dodson) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Crocodeilanthe molleturoi;