Pleurothallis scintillata Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Antenniferae Luer 1998

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Sparkling Pleurothallis [refers to the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago, Azuay and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 2100 to 3000 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial on roadbanks with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped with a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate-elliptical, acute, narrowly subcordate-cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on 1 to 2, arising through a slender spathe at the base of the leaf, subcongested, 3.6 to 6" [9 to 15 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with an infundibular, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bract.

Characterized by the long, slender ramicauls carrying narrow leaves and a raceme of purple flowers that seem to glisten. The dorsal sepal and synsepal are acute, the petals are thick and narrowly triangular and the lip is transversely dumbell-shaped, acutely revolute at the middle snd with the sides broadly rounded. Luer 1999

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 216 Luer 1981

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide;

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