Pleurothallis chontalensis A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes 1966 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986 Photo by Daniel Jimenenz and his Flickr Costa Rica Orchid Photo Website

Another Flower Photo by Denis Elizondo and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade Hot Warm Summer

Common Name or Meaning The Chontal Pleurothallis [A department of Nicaragua]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations around 500 to 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with short, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a very congested, more or less fasciculate, 1.2 to 1.28" [3 to 3.2 cm] long, successively single, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising from the apex of the ramicaul, with imbricating floral bracts.

Synonyms Sarcinula chontalensis (A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes) Luer 2006; Specklinia chontalensis (A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes) Luer 2004;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1089 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia chontalensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2005 as Sarcinula chontalensis drawing fide;

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