Pleurothallis paquishae Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Joseph Dougherty

Common Name The Paquisha Pleurothallis [Military Camp in Zamora-Chinchipe: Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador]

Flower Size 1/4" [.6 cm]

A small sized, southeastern Ecuadorian and northern Peruvian warm to cool growing, epiphytic or lithophytic species in wet forests at elevations of 600 to 1600 meters with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by two basal tubular sheaths and another in the lower quarter carrying a single, apical, spreading or horizontal, coriaceous, ovate, acute leaf with a sessile base and deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the winter on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence subtended by a narrow spathe nestled in the base of the leaf

Characterized by the acute sepals with the dorsal also narrow and three veined, the petals are wide spread, narrow and minutely denticulate and the lip is ovate, obtuse and minutely spiculate and has a small basal glenion.

Synonyms Acronia paquishae [Luer] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos paquishae (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing ok as Acronia paquishae;