Pleurothallis sphaerantha Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

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Common Name or Meaning The Sphere-Shaped Pleurothallis [refers to the flower]

Flower Size .15" [4 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in shady, wet tropical montane forests at elevations around 500 to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2 basal sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, spreading, thickly coriaceous, rigid, ovate, deeply cordate and sessile base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a fascile of successively single flowered inflorescence enclosed by a spathe at the base of the leaf and has thin, tubular floral bracts.

The horizontal, rigid, cordate leaf with a small spherical flower with a suborbicular, concave dorsal sepal and synsepal with a large lip that fills the synsepal and is fitted within the concave apex.

Synonyms Acronia sphaerantha (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos sphaeranthus (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 drawing fideas Acronia sphaerantha

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