Pleurothallis quadriserrata Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Flower? Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shade Hot Fall Winter

Common Name or Meaning The Four Sawed Pleurothallis [refers to the serrate margins on the petals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador in shady, wet tropical forests at elevations around 150 to 500 meters as a miniature to just small sized, hot growing epiphyte with occasionally prolific, slender, erect to hanging, elongate, terete ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, dark purple suffused, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on a loose, distichous, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf.

CAUTION No photo that I can find of this species has the lip that Luer describes so please use with caution! The Drawing above is absolutely correct.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 253 Dodson 1980 drawing hmmish can't see lip, rest ok; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera quadriserriata; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing ok lip?;