Pleurothallis suinii (Luer) comb. novo. Pfahl 2013 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Cold LATESummerEARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning Suin's Pleurothallis [Ecuadorian Collector of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, fasciculate, stout ramicauls with a loose tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, congested, more or less secund, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through an oblique spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer and has a tubular, inflated floral bract.

Similar to P salpingantha but this one differs in the petiolate base leaf and the deeply connate sepals forming a tube that is constricted below the thickened apices.

Synonyms *Crocodeilanthe suinii Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Crocodeilanthe suinii