Pleurothallis penelops Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Leaf and Flower Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Duck-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1650 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 short sheaths and a longer one below the middle and carrying a acutely deflexed, coriaceous, narrowly cordate-ovate, acuminate and curved up above the middle, basally sessile and cordate leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of successive single flowered inflorescence arising through a suberect to reclining spathe and holding the flower against the leaf base

"Distinguished by the deflexed, narrowly cordate, upwardly curved beyond the middle leaf with a deflexed spathe giving rise to a dark purple flower with acutely reflexed sepals and petals with a protruding lip and a white column." Carl Luer

Synonyms Acronia penelops [Luer]Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos penelops (Luer) 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 penelops; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide;