Pleurothallis palliolata (NBS)
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
Min Temp 8C
Max Temp high 20s C
Humidity above 75%
Growing Notes from AOS
Masdevallia is a genus of some 350 species usually from cool, misty mountains of the New World Tropics. Masdevallias are best known for their showy flowers consisting of sepals fused into a tubelike structure. Their origins in cool, damp environments make them an excellent choice for cool or coastal climates. Most species and hybrids are compact enough so that they can be easily accommodated on windowsills or under lights.
Light should be like that given for phalaenopsis and paphiopedilums —1,000 to 1,500 foot-candles. Masdevalli