Pleurothallis calderae Luer 2001 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986 TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Rio Caldera Pleurothallis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in lowland Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptical-obovate, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a congested fascile of erect, slender, [3.5 to 4.5 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with imbricating, thin floral bracts.

Similar to the Central American P simmleriana but P calderae differs in the proportionally smaller petals and lip compared tothe longer sepals and the non denticulate rounded apex of the lip.

Synonyms Sarcinula calderae (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia calderae (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 22 #1 pg 53-56. Luer 2001 drawing fide, Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia calderae; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sarcinula calderae drawing fide