Pleurothallis adrianae Luer & Sijm 2002 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae Luer 1986

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Adriana's Pleurothallis [Dutch wife of the collector current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without locational data as a medium sized caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a sheath above the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a fascile of several, peduncle .2" [.5 cm] long, subtended by a spathe .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] long, from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, loose secund, simultaneously few flowered inflorescence with tubular, much longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow green, glabrous, ovate-triangular sepals, yellow green, narrowly ovate petals and a dark purple, oblong lip.

This species is the largest vegetatively in the subgenus Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae but closely related to P citrina and P obovata. It is distinguished by the much larger habit with a stout ramicaul over 8" [2 cm] long and a large petiolate base leaf. Several short, secund, few flowered racemes are produced simultaneously. The sepals are yellow green and acute and the petals aresimilar in color and acuminate. The lip is oblong and dark purple." Luer 2002


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 Drawing fide