!Phloeophila nummularia (Rchb.f.) Garay 1974

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Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

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Common Name The Coin-Like Phloeophila [refers to the leaf]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Cuba, Jamaica, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil in seasonally humid valleys at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a creeping, stout rhizome with short, horizontal ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular more or less spiculate sheaths and carrying a single, prostrate, distichous, green above, purple beneath, verrucose, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical to subcircular, obtuse to rounded below to broadly cuneate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a erect, sparsely pubecent, .1 to .25 " [1 to 8 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul with an infundibular, sparsely pubescent-spiculate floral bract.

CAUTION This species and P peppermioides are most likely the same species and if so then this species name takes precedence.

Synonyms Pabstiella nummularia (Rchb.f.) Chiron 2012; Phloeophila echinantha (Barb.Rodr.) Hoehne & Schltr. 1926; Phloeophila paulensis Hoehne & Schltr. 1926; Physosiphon echinanthus (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn. 1896; Pleurothallis echinantha Barb.Rodr. 1881; Pleurothallis nummularia Rchb.f. 1865; Pleurothallis paulensis (Hoehne & Schltr.) Luer 1986; Pleurothallis scalaris Griseb. 1866; Specklinia nummularia (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 as P paulensis drawing fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as P echinantha; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as P paulensis drawing ok Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P echinata drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol III Luer 1986; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as Pleurothallis nummularia; Orchids of Jamaica Gloudon & Tobisch 1995 as Pleurothallis nummularia; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as Pleurothallis nummularia; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Phloeophila echinantha; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Phloeophila nummularia; Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia nummularia; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Phloeophila nummularia drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide