Pleurothallis oricola H.Stenzel 2002 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing of Pleurothallis oricola by Hagen Stenzel and Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Coast Dwelling Pleurothallis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Pinar del Rio western Cuba in mesophyllous evergreen rainforests at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing, repent epiphyte with very short ramicauls enveloped by 2 scarious, hyaline sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to slightly oblanceolate, prostrate, acute, shortly mucronate to apiculate, green to greyish green, shortly attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on 2, terminal, .1" [2 mm] long, with a basal, ovate, bract, single flowered inflorescence with a infundibular, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by a shortly creeping rhizome, verrucose, ovate leaves and a flower nearly as large as the leaf, The sepals are verruscose externally, that laterals are connate into a bifid lamina, the petals are narrowly oblovate and serrulate and the lip is verrucose and three lobed below the middle." Luer 2006

Synonyms Acianthera oricola (H.Stenzel) Karremans, Chiron & Van den Berg 2016; Phloeophila oricola (H.Stenzel) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Phloeophila oricola drawing fide;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 as Pleurothallis oricola drawing fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera oricola photo fide

Phytotaxa 270: 60 Karremans, Chiron & Van den Berg 2016 as Acianthera oricola