Pleurothallopsis monetalis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

Leaf and Flower Photos by Eric Hunt

Common Name or Meaning The Coin Leafed Pleurothallopsis

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Southern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls envloped basally by 2 to 3 imbricating, ribbed, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, broadly ovate to suborbicular, obtuse to rounded, abruptly narrows below into the petiolate base leaf that is purple suffused and that blooms in the spring on a successively single flowered, fasiculate, 1/16" to 1/8" [3 to 7 mm] long inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul.

There is a large gap between the northern Venezuelan and southern Ecuadorian species as there are none recorded from Colombia, but other than the smaller Venezuelan flowers with minor differences they are the same species.

Synonyms Octomeria monetalis Luer 1980; Restrepiopsis monetalis (Luer) Luer 1982; Restrepiopsis pulchella Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as Restrepiopsis monetalis photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Vol 8 1991 as Restrepiopsis monetalis drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 ; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide;