Pleurothallis nikolae (A.Doucette & J.Portilla} in ed. SUBGENUS Apoda-Propentia Luer 1986

Photo by Pepe Portilla and The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Alphonso Doucette

Deep shade Cool EARLY Spring

Common Name or Meaning Nikole's Pleurothallis [Ecuadorian daughter of Jose Portilla, president of Ecuagenera current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador on coffee trees at elevations around 1200 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, repent epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise a short ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 papery sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical, verrucose, purple spotted, non raised, scute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the early spring on a very short, single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The new species is most similar to P melanochthoda but differs in the hispid sepals that are larger and expanded/fused into lamina." Doucette & Portilla 2016

Synonyms *Acianthera nikoleae A.Doucette & J.Portilla 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytotaxa 257 (3):231 Doucette & Portilla 2016 drawing;

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