Pleurothallis palliolata Ames 1922 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Lindl 1859

Side View of Flower Photos by Ralf Käppel.

Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch


Common Name The Pale Sided Pleurothallis ?

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 1200 to 2100 meters with slender, suberect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and another on the lower half and carrying a single, apical suberect to horizontal, coriaceous, avate, acute, basally sessile and deeply cordate leaf that can bloom at any time of the year on a fascile of successive single [sometimes two] flowered inflorescence arising through a narrow spathe.

Easily distinguished by the large, not widely expanded flower with a deeply concave dorsal sepal and a synsepal concave below the middle to accomodate the comparitively large transversely ovate, concave lip with 2 pairs of calli which is surrounded by the falcate, fringed petals

Synonyms Acronia palliolata (Ames) Luer 2005; Zosterophyllanthos palliolatus (Ames) Szlach. & Kulak 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 1 1993 photo; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII Systematics of Dryadella and Acronia Section Macrophyllae-Fasciculatae Luer 2005 drawing fide as Acronia palliolata; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 9 2007 photo as Acronia palliolata; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo