Anathallis velvetina Luer & Toscano 2011 TYPE Drawing by Luer & Toscano and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Velvety Anathallis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Bahia state of Brazil at elevations around 200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, congested, peduncle .08 to .2" [2 to 5 mm] long, racmose, .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long, successively single, 8 to 9 flowered inflorescence

This species would be better placed in Pleurothallis within my framework of the Orchidaceae but as yet it has not been described as such.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Harv. Pap. Bot. 16(2): 367-369. 2011 Luer & Toscano Drawing