Phloeophila ursula (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2006

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Bear Cub Phloeophila [refers to the pubescent vegetative and floral parts]

Flower Size .4" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout, repent ramicauls with a short spiculate sheath and carrying a single, apical, prostrate, thickly coriaceous, verrucose on the upper surface, broadly elliptical-ovate to suborbicular, acute, shortly acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the summer on a single flowered inflorescence arising at the base of the leaf and enveloped by a spiculate sheath and spiculate floral bracts.

Synonyms Pleurothallis ursula Luer & Hirtz 1996; Specklinia ursula (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Pleurothallis ursula photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide