Pleurothallis orecta Luer & R.Escobar 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Amphygiae Luer 1998

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name or Meaning The Stretched Out Pleurothallis [refers to the elongate peduncle]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Risaralda Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, very slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others near the base and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate to rounded below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a slender, suberect to erect, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long including the .4 tyo .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, single flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe.

This species has an elongate peduncle holding the yellow, red striped flower well above the leaf. The widely expanded flower has a narrowly obtuse sepal and synsepal, petals that are nearly as large and the lip is triangular in shape.

Synonyms Acronia orecta (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia orecta