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


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