Pleurothallis cabellensis Rchb.f. 1850 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Sylphia

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his The Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Warm Cool LATER Spring Summer Fall

Common Name The Mt Cabello Pleurothallis [A mountain in Venezuela]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations of 1350 to 1850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, ribbed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring, summer and fall on a lax, flexuous, 2 to 4.4" [5 to 11 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, peduncle, successively many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul.

Synonyms Humboltia cabellensis (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis fritzii Carnevali & G.A.Romero in G.A.Romero & G.Carnevali 2000; Specklinia cabellensis (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Sylphia cabellensis (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006; Verapazia cabellensis (Rchb.f.) Chiron & Szlach. 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Romero & Carnevali 2000 as P fritzii drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sylpia cabellensis drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella cabellensis photo fide