Pleurothallis pyelophera [Luer] comb. novo. Pfahl 2013 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 Photo by Bill Pinnix

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Pin Tub-Bearing Pleurothallis [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador without collection data as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramcauls enveloped by a loose sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 short sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, spreading to more or less horizontal, rigidly coriaceous, dark green, ovate, sides more or less inrolled, below the middle, acute, deeply cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter on a successively single, few flowered inflroescnece arising through and concealed by a reclining spathe at the base of the leaf.

This species is related and superficially similar to P cardiostola but the non-resupinate, prominently purple striped flower rests at the base of the horizontal to descending, rigidly coriaceeous, dark green leaf. The uppermost synsepal is scaphoid and the middle sepal is round. The lip is thickly ovoid and concave in the center with broad border and has a warty appearance.

Synonyms Acronia pyelophera Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Acronia pyelophera drawing fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 5 2009 as Acronia pyelophera photo fide;