Pleurothallis adonis Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt.
Common Name Adonis' Pleurothallis [Mythological beautiful male]
Flower Size .4" [1 cm]
Found in Colombia and Ecuador in forests and on road cuts at elevations around 1500 to 3400 meters as a miniature sized, cold to cool growing epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, slender to stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberct to spreading, coriaceous, ovate to narrowly ovate, acute, basally sessile and deeply cordate leaf that blooms on a fascile of 2 to 4, simultaneous single flowers that are successively appearing and arise through a reclining spathe
This species is similar to P linguifera but differs in the few flowers present at the same time, the dorsal sepal with 3 veins and the lip with more revolute margins.
P adonis, is similar to P deflexa, P siphoglossa, P linguifera, P millei, P grandiflora and P sarcochila in the large sized flowers.
Synonyms Acronia adonis (Luer) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos adonis (Luer) Szlach. & Kulak 2006
References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 as Acronia adonis drawing fide to fig 5a