Pleurothallis rubroinversa Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859

Photo by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid photo Website

Full Shade CoolFall

Common Name or Meaning The Upside Down Red Pleurothallis [refers to the non-resupinate flower]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador in montane forests at elevations around 1800 meters as small sized, cool growing terrestrial on road embankments with slender, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, suberect to horizontal, thickly coriaceous, ovate, acute, cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a fascile of .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence arising and concealed by a spathe at the base of the leaf with thin, tubular floral bracts..

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia rubroinversa drawing fide