Pleurothallis xenion Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Xenion

Photo by Gilberto Merino and his Facebook Page


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Alien Pleurothallis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size 1" [2 cm]

Found in Boyaca Colombia in scrub cloud forests at elevations around 3200 meters mini-miniature sized, prolific, cold growing epiphyte with an elongate, creeping rhizome giving rise to erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, 1" [2.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Andinia xenion (Luer & R.Escobar) Karremans & Mark Wilson 2017; Xenosia xenion (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983 drawing; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 3 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Xenosia xenion; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Xenion xenion; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Andinia xenion photo fide