Pleurothallis obpyriformis Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing of Acronia obpyriformis by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Obpyriform Pleurothallis [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador on felled trees at elevations aroumd 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with more or less horizontal ramicauls with a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base carrying a single, spreading, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, sessile, cuneate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a short, peduncle hidden within the spathe .4" [1 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a tubular floral bract and carrying flowers with red-purple sepals, dark red petals and a thick, red-purple lip.

”This little species is found in the tops of tall trees in rainforests of the lowland eastern portion of Ecuador. It is most similar to P acestrophylla but P obpyriformis has broader, narrowly ovate leaves, filiform petals and a pyriform shaped lip.” Luer 2005

Synonyms *Acronia obpyriformis (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos obpyriformis (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

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