Pleurothallis ripleyi Luer 1979SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shade Cool LATESpring

Common Name or Meaning Ripley's Pleurothallis [American Collector of Species 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in shady, wet tropical forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect to arching, slender ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying an arcuate to descending, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute, often with revolute margins, shallowly cordate, sessile base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a fascile of successive, single flowered inflorescence enclosed by a reclining spathe and carrying a non-resupinate flower and held close to the leaf base

Similar to P variabilis but differs in the oblong, shorter petals with minutely serrated margins and the base of the lip is concave to accomodate a red-papillose, bulbous tip of the column foot.

Synonyms Acronia ripleyi (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos ripleyi (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 210 Dodson 1980; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing as Acronia ripleyi drawing fide

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