Pleurothallis pansamalae Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Plant and FlowerPhoto by Belize Botanic Garden Website

Common Name The Panasamala' Pleurothallis [A town in Guatemala]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemalla, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in cloud forests at elevations around 600 to 2300 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by a few scarious sheaths and a tubular one above and carrying a single apical, patent, thickly coriaceous, narrowly cordate, acute to subacute leaf that is cuneate below into a conduplicate, subpetiolate base and blooms in the fall on a fascile of single, successive flowers, producing from 1 to 4 simultaneously at the apex of the ramicaul.

Disitnguished by the narrowly ovate leaf and a small brownish flower with obtuse sepals and a short, broadly ovate, cordate lip that is deflexed below the middle and is held against the underside of the column.

Synonyms Acronia pansamalae [Schlechter] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos pansamalae (Schltr.) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 as P pansamalae var triangulabia; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing ok; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia pansamalae; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo not = P pachyglossa; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo as P pachiglossa [sic] fide