Pleurothallis ofella Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindl. 1859

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name or Meaning The Little Morsel Pleurothallis [refers to its small habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador on the Cordillera del Condor at elevations around 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath in the lower half and 1 to 2 more at the base and carrying a single, erect to suberect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, erect, arising through a spathe .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long, arising from the base of the leaf, .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long overall, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence, with almost as long as the pedicel and ovary floral bract and carrying flowers with fleshy yellow marked with purple sepals transluscent yellow petals and a thick yellow lip.

Synonyms Acianthera ofella (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVI Luer 2004 Drawing fide