Pleurothallis nitida Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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Flower and leaf

Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing of Acronia nitida

TYPE Drawing of Acronia nitidia by Carl Luer

Common Name The Shining Pleurothallis [refers to the shiny leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiriqui province of Panama in elfin forests at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheath in the lower half and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying, suberect to horizontal, rigid, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, obtuse to subacute, shallowly cordate and sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on a reclining, through a spathe with the peduncle and floral bracts concealed within, successively single flowered inflorescence with thin tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Differs from P sanchoi, P dorothea and P excavata in the hairy fringed petals, a thickly crenulate and ovate lip with erect, basal lobes as well as a subcordate base to the leaf."

Synonyms Acronia nitida (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos nitidus (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3(3-4): 352 Luer 1977 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia nitida drawing fide