Pleurothallis nipterophylla C.A.Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo Lourens Grobler.

Leaf and Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Cupped Leaf Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1500 to 2900 meters with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped below the middle by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spreading, rigidly coriaceous, oblong-ovate, obtuse to acute, shortly acuminate, sessile and cordatre at the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a short, arising from a reclining spathe, to .2" [5mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with the peduncle enveloped by the spathe..

Characterized by the rigidly concave leaf with a cordate base that incurve and overlap and carrying at the base 1 to 3 small deep purple flowers within the cavity which have an ovoid and deeply concave lip and coarsly pappilose ovaries.

Synonyms Acronia nipterophylla [Luer] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos nipterophyllus (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia nipterophylla