Pleurothallis carnosifolia C.Schweinf. 1951 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Alatae Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Fleshy Leafed Pleurothallis [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cuzco department of Peru at elevations around 2400 meters as a ministure sized, cold growing, caespitose lithophyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, indistinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and early fall on a loose, secund, 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus near the base of the leaf.

"Differs from P angustilabia by the narrow, thickly fleshy leaves and a several flowered raceme about as long. The flowers are yellow with the conspicuously carinate sepals also fleshy, especially above the middle. The petals are ovate and sharply acute. The lip is obovate, thick and shallowly sulcate." Luer 1999

Synonyms Anathallis carnosifolia (C.Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia carnosifolia (C.Schweinf.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 15: 87 Schweinfurth 1951;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:248 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Anathallis carnosifolia;

Macchu Picchu Orchids Eric Christenson 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Acianthera carnosifolia;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis carnosifolia photo fide

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