Pleurothallis perijaensis Dunst. 1978 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Bernard Gerrard.

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Common Name The Sierra de Perija Pleurothallis [mountain range in Venezuela]

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1200 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly cordate leaf that blooms throughout the year on a short single flowered inflorescence holding the pendant flower somewhat within the cordate leaf base.

Differs in the deflexed, narrowly cordate leaf that curves upward beyond the middle carrying an erect, foliaceous spathe giving rise to a dark purple flower with reflexed petals and a markedly verrucose lip." Carl Luer

Synonyms Acronia perijaensis [Dunst.] ALuer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos perijaensis ( Dunst. ) Szlach. & Margonska 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 7 1981 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 550 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia perijaensis; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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