Pleurothallis punicea Luer 1975

SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Red Purple Pleurothallis [refers to the floral and vegetative parts]

Flower Size 1/4 to 3/8" [6 to 7 mm]

found in Ecuador in wet forests at elevations of 600 to 850 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm growing epiphyte with purple, relatively stout, channeled, erect, ramicauls enveloped below the middle by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, purple, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a congested, .4" [1 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf.

Synonyms Acianthera punicea (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 1(3): 270, f. 70. Luer 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 Drawing fide