Pleurothallis saueri (Luer) J.M.H.Shaw 2016 SUBGENUS Restrepioidia Luer 1986

Photo by Mauro Rosim and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Sauer's Pleurothallis [American Orchid Enthusiast and cultivator of the species current]

Flower Size 2.8" [6.25 cm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in lower montane forests near or on very steep slopes at elevations around 1560 as a medium sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with purple, erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base carrying an erect, thickly coriaceous, oblong-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that that blooms in the fall on a fascile of numerous, erect, peduncles .2 to .4" [5 to 10 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the pedicels floral bracts and carrying flowers with light green sepals, light green petals and a white suffused with red between the basal lobes lip

"This Ecuadorian species is closely related to Lindleyalis nuda [syn.: Lindleyalis hemirhoda (Lindl. & Paxton) Luer], but is distinguished by a considerably larger plant size and flower, the sepals being five centimeters long. The lip lacks the usual prominent, three purple stripes of L. nuda; the basal lobes are rounded and concave anteriorly; and the midlobe is surrounded by a broad margin of dense, hairlike spicules." Luer 2012

Synonyms *Lindleyalis saueri Luer 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 333 to 368 2012 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer as Lindleyalis sauerii drawing fide;

Phytotaxa 607 (3) Five new species of Pleurothallis (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) in subsection Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae from Southeastern Ecuador M Jimenez, Velez-Abarca, Mashendo-Jimbicti, Garzon-Suarez, Monteros amd Mark Wilson 2023 photo fide