Pleurothallis portillae Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Ecuagenera, Ltd..


Common Name Portilla's Pleurothallis [Colombian Orchid Nurseryman - Medellin - Current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloudforests at elevations of 2000 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with suberect to horizontal, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 closely apressed, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, suberect, coriaceous, narrowly linear, acute, revolute sided, basally sessile and shallowly cordate leaf that blooms in the winter and early spring on a successive single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has thin, tubular floral bracts.

Distinctive because of its long slender leaf, small brown flower with obtuse sepals, narrow petals and a thick, fleshy lip.

Synonyms Acronia portillae [Luer]Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos portillae (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia portillae