Pleurothallis rectipetala Ames & Schweinf. 1925

SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Photo courtesy of Dave Alford

Common Name or Meaning The Erect Petal Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costaa Rica and Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 100 to 2250 meters as a miniature sized, cold to hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 short sheaths and another longer one below the middle and carrying a single, apical, deflexed, coriaceous, broadly cordate-ovate, concave, acute, basally deeply cordate with overlapping lobes and sessile leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of successive single flopwered inflorescence arising from a suberect, conduplicate spathe.

Distinguished by the diffusely short pubescent, yellow and purple sepals and petals, the synsepal broader than the dorsal sepal amd the ovate, cellular-pappilose lip

Synonyms Acronia rectipetala [Ames & Schweinf.] Luer 2005; Acronia scitula (Luer) Luer 2005; Pleurothallis scitula Luer 1977; Zosterophyllanthos rectipetalus (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia rectipetala; LANKESTERIANA 17(2) Pupulin, J.Aguilar & M.Díaz 2017; Harvard Papers in Botany Vol. 26, No. 1 2021, The Researchgate Website photo/drawing fide;