Pleurothallis miranda Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Mirandia Luer 1986 TYPE for the SUBGENUS

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Unusual Wonder Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations of 1200 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, suberect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, loose, ribbed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, contracted and twisted into a bent petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a capillary, enveloped completely by an erect spathe arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, .5 to .96" [1.2 to 2.4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with as long as the peedicel floral bracts.

"The ramicauls are suberect with an oblique, elongated spathe emerging from near the apex where the twisted petiole angles in the opposite direction to bear the leaf at an angle back in the other direction. The bilabiate flower with a cucullate synsepal is borne singly in a fascile of elongated pedicels within the spathe. Within the cavity of the synsepal is a small, rounded pair of lamellae. The unguiculate petals are dilated and deeply concave above the middle. The lip is acutely deflexed upon itself at the middle with the subquadrate apical half held against the cuneate basal half. The cylindrical column, with an exposed, apical, anther and stigma, lies against the lip." Luer 2007

Synonyms Mirandopsis miranda (Luer) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 46: 369 Luer 1980;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986 drawing fide;

Polish Bot. J. 46: 117 Szlach & marg 2001 as Mirandopsis miranda;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Thrid Century of Stelis In Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-prorepentia Luer 2007 as Mirandopsis Miranda;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;