Pleurothallis acicularis Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986

Photo by © Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Costa Rica Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade WarmWinterSpringandSummer

Common Name The Narrow and Sharply Pointed Pleurothallis [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Guatemala and Costa Rica at elevatons of 800 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warmk growing epiphyte with a slender, erect, ramicaul enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on a horizontal, slender, 2 to 3" [5 to 7.5 cm] long, congested, fascile of successively single flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Pleurothallis dixiorum Luer & Béhar 1991; Sarcinula acicularis (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2006; Specklinia acicularis (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sarcinula acicularis drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Speckliniaacicularis; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia acicularis photo fide