Pleurothallis chontalensis A.H.Heller & A.D.Hawkes 1966 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986

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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.

This species is part of the Pleurothallis glandulosa Group made up of P vittarifolia, P alajuelensis and P gersonii

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; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia chontalensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2005 as Sarcinula chontalensis drawing fide; Phytotaxa Vol 218 (2) Karremans and Pupulin 2015 as Specklinia chontalensis drawing/photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Specklinia chontalensis; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia chontalensis photo fide