Pleurothallis ocellus (Luer) Luer 1986 SUBGENUS Andreettaea Luer 1986

Plant and Flower

Photos by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning The Little Eye Pleurothallis [refers to the parting of the lateral sepals to form a "Window" upper surface of the flowers]

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations of 2800 to 2900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and winter on an erect, slender, .6 t o.8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long lax, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising from a node on the ramicaul and has thin infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms Andreettaea ocellus Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1984 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andreettaea ocellus photo fide