Pleurothallis octavioi Luer & R.Escobar R. 1981 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Leaf and Flower Photos by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Octavio's Pleurothallis [Colombian Collector current]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2450 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erct, slender, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceosu, narrowly ovate, acute, acuminate, basally sessile and cordate leaf that blooms in the spring on a successive single flowered, short inflorescence arising from a reclining spathe with the flower held close to the base of the narrowly cordate leaf

"Characterized by the wide spread, non-resupinate, pale yellow green flower resting semi-erect on the surface of the spreading, narrowly cordate leaf. The lip stands erect within the uppermost sepal and the broad, flat middle sepal extends below. The petals curve upward from either side." By Carl Luer

Synonyms Acronia octavioi [Luer & Escobar] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos octavioi (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia octavoi

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