Pleurothallis viridis Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Green Pleurothallis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular bract in the lower fourth and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the earlier summer on an erect, strict, subcongested, distichous, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf with an oblique floral bract.

Similar to the widely distributed and common P lanceana but differs in this one has thin elliptical, acuminate leaves, a few flowered racemose of smaller green flowers that is shorter than the leaf and has obtuse, minutely denticulate, green petals with a pair of carinate nerves and an oblong, minutely denticulate lip with denticulate carinae.

Synonyms Acianthera viridis (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera viridis