Pleurothallis phymatodea Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Bryon Rinke

Full shadeHot Warm Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Warty Pleurothallis [refers to the floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [4 mm]

Found in Tungurahua Ecuador in wet montane forests at elevations around 600 to 1800 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2, loose, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, spreading to horizontal, thickly coriaceous, ovate, acute, concave centrally between conves halves, deeply cordate with overlapping lobes, sessile below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascile of non-resupinate, single, successive flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf and has tubular floral bracts.

Identified by the small, blackish purple, non-resupinate flower with obtuse sepals and incurved petals that are densely verrucose and the thick lip has a deep central cavity.

Synonyms Acronia phymatodea (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos phymatodeus (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia phymatodea

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