Pleurothallis sanchoi Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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Common Name Sancho's Pleurothallis [Costa Rican Botanist and cocollector of species 1900's]

Flower Size 1/4" [5 mm]

Found from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama in lower montane rainforests at elevations of 860 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with rigid ramicauls subtended by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, lanceolate-elliptic, cordate, coriaceous, fleshy leaf that is conduplicate at the base blooming in the late spring through late winter on a short inflorescence with 1 or 2 simultaneously opening flowers held close to the leaf base.

CAUTION This species can be confused with P correllii and P leucantha so please check all three to see the differences

Similar to P nitida but P sanchoi differs in the smooth margined petals.

Synonyms Acronia sanchoi [Ames]Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos sanchoi ( Ames ) Szlach. & Margonska 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Epidendra Website CR; *Schedul. Orch. 4: 26. 1923; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 19: 189. 1923 as Pleurothallis gonioglossa; Selbyana 3(3-4): 352. 1977 as P nitida; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as P leucantha; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 92 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as P gonioglossa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia sanchoi; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Suarez 2012 photo hmm may be P nitida seems to have hair on the margins of the petals; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Zosterphyllanthos sanchoi; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide;