Pleurothallis neossa (Luer & Hirtz) J.M.H.Shaw 2014 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Amphygiae Luer 1998

Flower size photo

Side View of Flower

Leaf and Flower

Photos by Kevin Holcomb

TYPE Drawing of Acronia neossa

TYPE Drawing of Acronia neossa by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30: 30 Luer & Escobar 2009

Common Name The Nestling Pleurothallis [refers tothe petals that resemble the wings of a hungry baby bird]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador as a miniature sized epiphyte with an erect, slender, round in cross-section ramicaul enveloped by a close, tubular, papery sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, thinly coriaceous, ovate, acute to acuminate, obtuse and sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascile of horizontal, arising through a prostrate spathe, on top of the leaf, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

"This little species of section Amphygia is characterized by narrowly ovate, acute leaves; slender ramicauls; and a single, resupinate flower borne on top of the leaf by a short, suberect pedicel, which emerges from a much shorter peduncle deep within a small, reclining spathe at the base of the leaf. The ovate dorsal sepal and synsepal are about equal in size and shape; the petals recurve like a pair of little wings above the column; and a three-lobed lip embraces a protruding, terete column." Luer & Hirtz 2009

Synonyms *Acronia neossa Luer & Hirtz 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 30: 4 Luer & Escobar 2009 as Acronia neossa Drawing fide;

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