Pleurothallis alexii A.H.Heller 1966 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986 Drawing by A H Heller

Deep shade Warm Fall

Common Name Alex's Pleurothallis [Named for Alex Hawkes orchid enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Nicaragua at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a congested, fascile of more or less horizontal, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Sarcinula alexii (A.H.Heller) Luer 2006; Specklinia alexii (A.H.Heller) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Phytologia 14(1): 8-9, t. 4 Heller 1966 Drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1084 Heller 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sarcinula alexii drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia alexii photo fide