Pleurothallis ruscaria Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Scopula Luer 1986 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers Photo by Lourens Grobler

Full shadeWarm Cool Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Broom Pleurothallis [refers to the tufted inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and Ecuador in shady, wet tropical forests at elevations around 1600 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying an erect, thinly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuncatc, long-decurrent base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of successive, single flowered inflorescence enclosed by a fugacious spathe and carrying small globose flowers held towards the apex of the leaf in a tuft.

Synonyms Colombiana ruscaria (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VI Luer 1989 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Colombiana ruscaria; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #4 2019 photo fide;