Pleurothallis moronae Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name or Meaning The Morona Pleurothallis [refers to its occuring within Morona-Santiago Province]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador on the Cordillera del Condor at elevations around 950 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing,caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, laterally compressed in the upper third ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath in the lower quarters and 1 to 2 more at the base and carrying a single, spreading to suberect, fleshy, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a single, erect, slender, more or less secund, peduncle .4" [ 1 cm] long, arising through a slender spathe .2 to .28" [5 to 7 mm] long, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, simultaneously 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence, with longer than the pedicel and ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with green sepals and a green with 3 purple stripes dorsal sepal, transluscent green petals and a dark purple lip.

Synonyms Acianthera moronae (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVI Luer 2004 Drawing fide

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