Phloeophila peperomioides (Ames) Garay 1974

Photos by Pupulin, Used under permission of The Epidendra Website

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Common Name The Peperomia-Like Phloeophila

Flower Size

Found in Belize, Honduras and Costa Rica as a miniature sized epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to a recumbent, short ramicaul enveloped completely by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, round, apiculate, abruptly narrowing below into the base leaf that has an apical, racemose, longer than the leaf, successively several, single flowered inflorescence.

This species and Phloeophila nummularia< from Brazil are incredibly similar and most likely are the same species and if so then Phloeophila nummularia takes precedence

Synonyms Pleurothallis peperomioides Ames 1923; Specklinia peperomioides (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Schedul. Orchid. 6: 64. 1923; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis peperomioides drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia peperomoides; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Phloeophila peperomioides drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Phloeophila peperomioides photo good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide