Pleurothallis persimilis Luer & Hirtz 2003 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Orchid Website


Common Name The Very Similar Pleurothallis [refers to its similarity to P coriocardia]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in El Oro province of Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with a close, tubular sheath on the lower third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-ovate, acute, rounded and shallowly cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a .2 to .28" [5 to 7 mm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising through a narrow spathe carrying a flower with maroon, microscopically ciliate sepals, purple maroon petals and lip.

Synonyms Acronia persimilis (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos persimilis (Luer & Hirtz) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 22 #3 pg 268, 270-271, 286. 2003 Luer & Hirtz drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia persimilis;