Pleurothallis tyria Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Tyrian Purple Pleurothallis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago and Imbabura provinces of Ecuador at elevations around 1800 to 1900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls with a close, tubular sheath in the lower third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, rounded and shallowly cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a long pedicellate, arising through and the peduncle concealed by a spathe, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the proportionally large, purple flower. The sepals are obtuse, the dorsal being 5 veined, the petals are oblong and minutely denticulate and the lip is small, subquadrate and diffusely minutely verrucose. A well formed glenion is present at the base that is deflexed into a thick claw." Luer 2005

Synonyms Acronia tyria (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos tyrius (Luer & Hirtz) Szlach. & Kulak 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11: 192 Luer & Hortz 1996 drawing fide;

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Systematics of Dryadella Systematics of Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia tyria drawing fide;

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