Pleurothallis rowleei Ames 1922 SUBGENUS Pleurothallis SECTION Pleurothallis SUBSECTION Acroniae SERIES Acroniae Luer 1988 Photo by © Alan Gregg


Plant and Flowers in situ Costa Rica Photos by Wilfried Löderbusch

Full ShadeHot to CoolWinter

Common Name Rowlee's Pleurothallis [English Botanist 20th cen and original collector]

Flower Size 1/4" [6 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations of 350 to 1750 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and another below the middle carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute leaf with a sessile, broadly cuneate base that blooms in the winter on an erect, suberect to arching, lax, distichous, simultaneously few to several flowered, 2" to 5 3/4" [5 to 14 cm] long, racemose inflorescence arising from a slender spathe and having a floral bract.

This species and P gomezii are similar but it differs in having slightly larger flowers with acuminate sepals and long-acuminate petals.

Synonyms Pleurothallis cucullata Ames 1923; Pleurothallis rhodocardia Garay 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVII Systematics of Pleurothallis Section Abortivae, Truncatae, Subsection Acroniae, Subgenera Dracontia and Uncifera Luer 1998 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Acronia rowleei; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo fide; Orchids of Tropical America Meisel 2014 photo fide;