Pleurothallis rodrigoi Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Rodrigo's Pleurothallis [Sr Escobar - Colombian Orchid Enthusiast 1935-2009]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, medium to large sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, sharply three winged ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate, acute, broadly cuneate below into sessile base leaf with the margins continuous with the wings of the ramicaul that blooms in the winter on 3 to 4, congested, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long including the .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long peduncle, simultaneously 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul.

Similar to the variable P sicaria but differs most markedly in its gigantic size, with ramicauls twice the length of P sicaria and the leaves are three times wider, but also in the small flowers with thick, obtuse sepals and the obovate, membraneous petals.

Synonyms Acianthera rodrigoi (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera rodrigoi