Pleurothallis peculiaris Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo by Dave Alford

Common Name The Peculiar or Special Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 700 to 1300 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 shorter tubular sheaths and a longer one below the middle and carrying a single, apical acutely deflexed, dull green, indistinctly purple spotted, coriaceous, narrowly cordate-ovate, acuminate and curved above the middle, basally sessile and deeply cordate with incurved lobes leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence arising through an erect to suberect, conduplicate spathe and has a nonresupinate flower held close against the leaf base

"This species is related to P troglodytes but differs in the acutely deflexed, purple mottled, narrow, acuminate, incurved leaf that is deeply cordate at the base and a flower arises from an erect spathe. The obtuse sepals amd the spathulate petals are long pubescent near the margins. The lip is transversely trilobed and the lateral lobes acute and below the middle and with the middle lobe rounded and verrucose with minutely erose margins." Carl Luer

Synonyms Acronia peculiaris [Luer] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos peculiaris ( Luer ) Szlach. & Marg. 2002

ReferencesW3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurotallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurotallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fideas Acronia pecularis; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 as Acronia pecularis photo fide; Harvard Papers in Botany Vol. 26, No. 1 2021, The Researchgate Website photo/drawing fide;