Pleurothallis avenacea Ames 1908 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders.

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Marni Turkel.

Plant and Flowers Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Fragrant Deep shade Warm Cool MID Winter THROUGH Spring

Common Name The Oat-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Brazil in original cloud forests at elevations of 900 to 1600 meters as a as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect,ramicauls enveloped by 3 trumpet-shaped sheaths and carrying light green, oblanceolate, faintly keeled, rounded apically, attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms mid winter through spring on a 2.8" [7 cm] long, 4 to 6 flowered inflorescence carrying almost simultaneously opening, unpleasantly scented flowers.

For years this orchid has often been refered to as P mathidae but that name has been moved to Trichosalpinx and is not a Pleurothallis. The featured orchid above has no obvious lepanthiform sheaths which has been a distinguishing factor in Trichosalpinx so I feel this name is correct for the species above. I hae very few references to go on to make that assumption so PLEASE USE WITH CAUTION!!!

Synonyms Pabstiella avenacea (Ames) Luer 2007; Specklinia avenacea (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P mathildae drawing good; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia avenacea; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Pabstiella avenacea; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 as P mathildae drawing/photo fide