Pleurothallis purpurascens Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Acianthera Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Becoming Purplish Pleurothallis [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect to suberect ramicauls with a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, erect, to .4" [1 cm] long including the .04 to .2" [1 to 5 mm] long peduncle, few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the leaf base.

Luer combined these species, P barthelemy and P nanella into P erebatensis, I have split them apart as the plants and flowers really are quite different.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as P erebatensis [P purpurescens] drawing fide;