Pleurothallis pacayana Schltr. 1925

SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

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Common Name or Meaning The Pacaya Pleurothallis [A volcano in Guatemala * see below]

Flower Size

Found in Guatemala and Costa Rica in wet montane forests at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, 3 winged ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, sessile, decurrant on the stem, oblong-elliptic, obtuse-retuse leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, very short, few flowered, distichous inflorescence enveloped by a conduplicate, acuminate spathe.

*Schlechter did publish this species in error with a "G" P gacayana and not a "P" even though pacaya is the name of the Volcano where it is found. I have had the original publication checked and it is with a "G".

Synonyms Acianthera pacayana (Schltr.) Solano & Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003; Pleurothallis pacayana Schltr. 1925 many sources including Kew cite it this way;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list as P pacayana, IPNI as P pacayana; Orchids of Guatemala & Belize Ames & Correll 1952/1985 as P gacayana; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Synonym of P circumplexa