Pleurothallis supervacanea Rchb. f. 1860 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988 Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Common Name The Empty Pleurothallis [refers to the abscence of the apical portion of the lip]

Flower Size 1/5" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia at elevations of 2500 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute leaf that has a broadly cuneate to rounded and sessile base that blooms in the spring and fall on a loose, distichous, simultaneously several flowered, 4 3/4" to 8" [12 to 20 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from a reclining spathe and having thin, infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms Acronia supervacanea (Rchb.f.) Luer 2005; Pleurothallis apoxys Luer & R. Escobar 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1991 as P phalangifera photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = P supervacana; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo fide

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