Pleurothallis variabilis Luer 1979SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

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Common Name The Variable Pleurothallis [refers to the flower parts]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in southern Colombia and northern and central Ecuador in cloud forest at elevations of 2400 to 3100 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect to arching ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect to horizontal, narrowly ovate, acute, basally sessile and shallowly cordate leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a fascile of successive, single flowered inflorescence arising through a reclining spathe and holding the non-resupinate flower close against the leaf base, .

"Most distinctive is the tall callus bearing the glenion at the base of the broad, thick lip." Carl Luer

Synonyms Acronia variabilis [Luer]Luer 2005

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia variabilis