Pleurothallis wyvern Luer & R.Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Broad Winged Dragon Pleurothallis [refers to the gaping flowers on the sheild-like leaf]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2200 to 2300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with terete at the base and gradually becoming sharply winged towards the apex, erect ramicauls enveloped evanescent basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the decurrent base leaf that blooms in the late summer through earlier winter on a crowded, 1 to 1.8" [2.5 to 4.5 cm] long peduncles, successivesly single flowered inflorescence arising through a usually deciduous spathe at the apex of the secondary stem imbedded well abovethe base of the leaf and has an infundibular floral bract.

Synonyms Acianthera wyvern (Luer & R.Escobar) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 #2 Luer & Escobar 1981 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 ;Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;