Pleurothallis ortegae Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Walter Teague

LATE EARLY

Common Name Ortega's Pleurothallis [Ecuadorian co-discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and another on the lower third and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, acutely deflexed, cordate-ovate, acute, basally sessile, more or less concave and deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the winter, late summer and early fall on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence arising through an erect to suberect, conduplicate spathe and holding the flower close against the leaf base

Similar to P cardiostola but differs in the broad, obtuse, glabrous sepals, the entire, glabrous, sagittate, unguiculate petals and a transversely cordate, concave lip with an obtusely, acuminate apex with a thickened margin with the inner suface being cellular-papillose.

Synonyms Acronia ortegae (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos ortegae (Luer & Hirtz) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia ortegae; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 as P cf ortegae photo fide

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