Pleurothallis trimytera Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Aenigma SECTION Aenigmata Luer 1986

Photo by Sebastaian Vierra and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Three Pronged Pleurothallis [refers to the three lobed lip]

Flower Size .1" [2mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and ?Bolivia in dense forests at elevations around 2100 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 or 2 thin, tubular basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, reclining to prostrate, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a loose, .15 to .25" [4 to 6 mm] long, successively 2 flowered, racemose inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has an oblique, acute floral bract.

Synonyms Andinia trimytera (Luer & R.Escobar) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 11 Luer 1994 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 as P subgenus aenigma pg 195 top photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Andinia trimytera; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia trimytera photo fide