Pleurothallis calyptrostele Schltr.1923 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986 Photo by A J Karremans.

Another Flower Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Color?

Flowers and Plant

Plant Size Photo courtesy of Jo Gilley.

Full ShadeHot to CoolFall to EARLYWinter

Common Name The Covered Column Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/6" [4mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 300 to 1300 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome, giving rise to a short ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic leaf that gradually narrows below into an indistinct petiole and blooms in the fall and early winter on a slender, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul.

CAUTION I am not happy with the second and third photos as the lip shape, color of the flowers and the petals which are not spatulate do not conform to the descriptions. The first photo seems to be correct.

Synonyms Pleurothallis biflora Schltr.1923; Pleurothallis geminiflora Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1934; Specklinia geminiflora (Ames, F.T. Hubb. & C. Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Specklinia calyptrostele (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 23. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 181. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P biflora; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing good to the first photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 216 Dodson 1980 drawing ok to the first photo; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklinia calyptrostele; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia alta; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo only first photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Specklinia calyptrostele drawing ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 as P geminiflora photo fide;

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