Phloeophila peperomioides (Ames) Garay 1974

Photos by Pupulin, Used under permission of The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

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Common Name The Peperomia-Like Phloeophila

Flower Size

Found in Belize, Honduras and Cartago province of Costa Rica as a miniature sized, repent epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to a recumbent, short ramicaul enveloped completely by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, round, apiculate, abruptly narrowing below into the base leaf that has an apical, racemose, longer than the leaf, successively several, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, fugacious, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Characterized by the thick, coriaceous leaves with the surface appearing diffusely wrinkled. A single, purple flower, as large as the leaf, is produced near the base of the short petiolae of the leaf. The sepals are spiculate exernally and the laterals are semiconnate. The petals are elliptical and the lip is oblong and spotted." Luer 2006

This species and Phloeophila nummularia< from Brazil are incredibly similar and most likely are the same species and if so then Phloeophila nummularia takes precedence

Synonyms Pleurothallis peperomioides Ames 1923; Specklinia peperomioides (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ;

* Schedul. Orchid. 6: 64. Ames 1923;

Orquideologia 9: 118 Garay 1974 as Phloephila peperomoides;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis peperomioides;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis peperomioides drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia peperomoides;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Phloeophila peperomioides drawing fide;

Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 as Phloeophila peperomioides photo good;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018;

Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 photo fide