Pleurothallis areldii Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986 TYPE for the SECTION

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Warm Cool Summer

Common Name Areld's Pleurothallis [An Acronym of RLD Dr Robert Dressler, American Botanist and original collector of species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Chiriqui province of Panama and Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 750 to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with short, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single apical, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested fascile of more or less horizontal, 2 to 3.2 [5 to 8.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, imbricating, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Closely related to P brighamii but differs in the larger vegetative and floral parts, a more or less horizontal peduncle, acute, purple spotted sepals and an oblong lip with obtuse marginal angles below the middle." Luer 2006

Synonyms Sarcinula areldii (Luer) Luer2006; Specklinia areldii (Luer) Pridgeon & Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 2(4): 383-384. Luer 1978;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:256 Pridgeon & Chase 2001 as Specklina areldii;

Orquideas De La Serrania Del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula areldii

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula areldii drawing fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia areldii photo fide

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