Pleurothallis nanella Luer & Hirtz 2003 SUBGENUS Acianthera Drawing by © Luer & Hirtz and The Epidendra Orchid Website

Common Name The Tiny Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls with a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, erect, to .4" [1 cm] long including the .04 to .2" [1 to 5 mm] long peduncle, few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the leaf base.

Luer combined these 2 species, P barthelemy and P purpurascens into P erebatensis, I have split them apart as the plants and flowers really are quite different.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología 22(3): 267-269, 285. 2003 Luer & Hirtz drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as P erebatensis [P nanella]drawing fide;