Pleurothallis elegantula Cogn. 1906 publ. 1907 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo by Dale and Deni Borders.

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

Plant and Flowers Photo by Lourens Grobler

Fragrant Deep shade Warm Cool MID Winter THROUGH Spring

Common Name The Elegant 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.

CAUTION!!!!!For years this orchid has commonly been refered to as P mathidae 1943 or P aveneacea 1908 but research has shown that it actually was described earlier by Cogniaux in 1907 as P elegantula and so this name takes precedence

Synonyms Pabstiella avenacea (Ames) Luer 2007; Pabstiella elegantula (Cogn.) Luer 2007; Pabstiella leucosepala (Loefgr.) F.Barros & C.F.Hall 2012; Pleurothallis avenacea Ames 1908; Pleurothallis leucosepala Loefgr. 1918; Pleurothallis mathildae Brade 1943; Specklinia avenacea (Ames) Luer 2004; Specklinia leucosepala (Loefgr.) Luer 2004; Trichosalpinx mathildae (Brade) Toscano & Luer 1993

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; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 as P mathildae photo fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 as P mathildae; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 as P avenacea; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia avenacea; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia elegantula; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Pabstiella elegantula; 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

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