Pleurothallis pogonion Luer 1994 SUBGENUS Aenigma SECTION Aenigma Luer 1986

Photo by Gilberto Merino

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Little Beard Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, ascending ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse to rounded, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a capillary, lateral, loose, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with an oblique, acute floral bract.

"This uncommon, tiny species is closely allied to the frequent P. schizopogon, and it can occur in the same locality. Because P. schizopogon is variable in size, this species was at first thought to be merely a small form, but in retrospect the two taxa appear distinct. Except for size, the floral morphology of the two are similar. The sepals of vegetatively larger P. schizopogon are more than .8" [two centimeters] long, while the sepals of the small P. pogonion do not surpass .4" [one centimeter]. The lateral sepals vary from sparsely to densely spiculate." Luer 1994

Synonyms Andinia pogonion (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XI Luer 1994 drawing fide; Lindleyana 16(4): 251 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase, 2001 as Andinia pogonion; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia pogonion photo fide