Pleurothallis stricta Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988 TYPE for the SERIES

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence

Flower Closeup

Photos courtesy of Joe Dougherty

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Straight Inflorescence Pleurothallis

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia and Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2500 meters as a miniature, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute leaf that has a cuneate, sessile base and blooms summer and winter on an erect, arising from a spathe, loose, distichous, simultaneously opening, few to several flowered, 2 to 6.4" [5 to 16 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the straight, erect, lax raceme of smaller, more or less purple-striped flowers that surpasses the narrowly elliptical-ovate leaf. The dorsal sepal is acuminate, the synsepal is narrowly triangular, the petals are elliptical and serrate and the lip is thickly triangular with broadly rounded, erect basal lobes, acute at the tip and with an elevated glenion." Luer 1998

Synonyms Acronia stricta (Luer) Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Subgen Pleuorthallis Sect Abortivae Sect Truncatae Sect Pleurothallis subsection Acroniae Subsect Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen Uncifera Luer 1998

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Subgen Pleuorthallis Sect Abortivae Sect Truncatae Sect Pleurothallis subsection Acroniae Subsect Pleurothallis Subgen Dracontia Subgen Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia stricta;

Orchid Digest Vol 78 #4 2014 photo fide;

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