Pleurothallis cactantha Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Sylphia

Photo by Wiel Driessen

Another Flower

Photo by Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Hot Cool Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Cactus-Flower Pleurothallis [refers to the spiculate sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama and Colombia at elevations around 650 to 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin. tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dark green to blue green, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, marginate, cuneate below into the indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a fascile, of congested, slender, suberect, sparsely spiculate, 1/2 to .8" [1.3 to 2 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence held beyond the leaf with thin, tubular, imbricating floral bracts

Synonyms Specklinia cactantha (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Sylphia cactantha (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Selbyana 3(12): 7273, f. 139. 1976 Luer Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sylphia cactantha drawing fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklnia cactantha photo fide