Phloeophila pleurothallopsis (Kraenzl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

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Full shadeWarm to Hot Fall

Common Name The Pleurothallis-Like Phloeophila

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations of 200 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with short ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 tubular sheaths carrying a single, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with the flower held near the leaf base.

CAUTION The first photo is absolutely correct for Luer's drawing in Icones, the second photo is the photo in Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 1991 and the last 2 photos are what is commonly sold as P pleurothallopsis.

Synonyms Cryptophoranthus auriculatus Garay 1970; *Cryptophoranthus pleurothallopsis Kraenzl. 1925; Ophidion pleurothallopsis (Kraenzl.) Luer 1982

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Cryptophoranthus pleurothallopsis drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Cryptophoranthus pleurothallopsis drawing ok; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as Ophidion pleurothallopsis photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 Dodson 1991 photo fide to 2nd photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Phloeophila pleurothallopsis; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as Ophidion pleurothallopsis drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing good; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo ok; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Ophidion pleurothallopsis photo fide