Pleurothallis valvola Luer & Hirtz 1988 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Pleurothallis SERIES Pleurothalls Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Shell Pleurothallis [refers to the appearance of the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1000 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with close tubular sheaths above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a dense fascile single flowered inflorescence arising through and concealed by a oblique, foliaceous sheath laterally from the ramicaul below the abscission layer and has a rose suffused floral bract.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Luer 1998 drawing fide;