Pleurothallis clandestina Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

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

EARLY

Common Name The Secret Pleurothallis [possibly refers to the rounded tubercle at the tip of the lip in Fendler's sketch that Lindley was unable to identify]

Flower Size .32" [3 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an stout ramicaul enveloped by a thin tubular sheath and carrying a single, suberect to prostrate, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 2 to 3, suberect, distichous, to .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] long including the .04 to .08" [1 to 2 mm] long peduncle, sublax, successively single, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Anathallis clandestina (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboltia clandestina (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Panmorphia clandestina (Lindl.) Luer 2006; Pleurothallis zorrocuchensis Luer 1979; Specklinia clandestina (Lindl.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia clandestina; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia clandestina drawing fide

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