Pleurothallis volans Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Another Color

Photos by Eric Hunt

Flower and Leaf

Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Flying Pleurothallis [refers to the upswept leaves, resembling wings]

Flower Size 3/8"

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia and Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 950 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, rigid, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, basally sessile and deeply cordate leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of successive, single flowered inflorescence arising through an erect to suberect, conduplicate spathe.

Most distinctive is the upswept leaf that gradually and gracefully ascends and has flowers with concave, transeversely ovate sepals and broad, glabrous, obtuse, shortly apiculate and unguiculate petals.

Synonyms Acronia volans [Luer & Hirtz] Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos volans (Luer & Hirtz) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia volans; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide; Lankesteriana 18: 217-230 Wilson, Zhao etal 2018 photo fide