Pleurothallis abbreviata Schltr. 1912 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by Eric Hagsater

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of The Orchid Source Website.


Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jnay Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Abbreviated Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/8" [3 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in very wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with a short ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ovate, acute leaf that gradually narrows basally into the elongate petiole that blooms in the summer and fall on a fractiflex, 1 1/4" [3.2 cm] long, successively several, single flowered, inflorescence.

CAUTION Both species represented here have some features of P abbreviata but neither satifies all. The 1 st photo matches Dodson's drawing but no other. The second photo is good for Zelenko but no other.

Synonyms Anathallis abbreviata (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Lankesteriana abbreviata (Schltr.) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia abbreviata (Schltr.) Luer 2006; Specklinia abbreviata (Schltr.) Luer 2004;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 209 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing good; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Anathallis abbreviata; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 517 Hagsater, Soto 2002 as Anathalis abbreviata drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide to 1st photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia abbreviata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia abbreviata drawing lip not right; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Anathallis abbreviata; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 326 Karremans 2014 as Lankestriana abbreviata; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankestriana abbreviata; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 as Lankesteriana abbreviata photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Lankestriana abbreviata photo fide