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

Side View of Flower Photo by Orchid Website

Common Name The Shining Pleurothallis [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama in elfin forests at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing 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 successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with the peduncle concealed within and thin tubular floral bracts.

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

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia nitida