Pleurothallis aristocratica L.O. Williams 1946 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

Plant on the right in situ in central Mexico

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Eduoard Faria.

Common Name The Aristocratic Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm] Found in Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos and Guerrero states of Mexico in seasonally dry, pine-oak forests at elevations of 1900 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphytic orchid with terete ramicauls carrying an apical, erect, narrowly oblanceolate to linear-oblong, obtuse, minutely retuse and tridenticulate, frequently recurved, conduplicate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on up to 7, apical, erect to reclining on the leaf, racemose, .8 to 2.4" [2 to 6 cm] long, subcongested, successively single, 3 to 14 flowered inflorescence that is held close to the base of the leaf and has the flowers opening slowly in succession.

Most likely due to nomenclature rules that say that the first published rules, this taxon is a synonym of Pleurothallis retusa not the other way around.

Oaxaca Mx., 2103m elev., Puerto Escondido rd.,


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;