Pleurothallis vinealis Luer & R.Escobar 1986 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciclatae Lindl. 1859 TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Vine Like Pleurothallis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 2700 to 3400 meters as a small to giant sized, cold growing terrestrial or epiphyte with a vine like rhizome giving rise to slender, prolific, climbing ramicauls enveloped below by a slender, tubular bract near the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, spreading, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cordate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the winter through spring on a short, single flowered inflorescence arising through and concealed by a spathe at the base of the leaf.

The plant habit is unique and the most distinguishing feature as it can twine and branch through a shrub fully exposed to the wind, rain and sun and can attain a meter or more in length, but the flowers are very similar to many in the section and are most like P coriocardia but the petals are proportionately longer.

Synonyms Acronia vinealis (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos vinealis (Luer & R.Escobar) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 #3 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia vinealis drawing fide