Pleurothallis coripatae Luer & R.Vásquez 1980 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae Lindley 1859 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Coripata Pleurothallis [A town in Bolivia near where the species was found]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in La Paz Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender 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, gray green, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a subcongested, 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long, distichous, flexuous, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul

Similar to P rubens and P unduavica as the lips of all three are similar. It is distinguished from P rubens by the column that lacks the protruding margin beyond the anther and from P unduavica it is distinguished by the entire petals and only one central lamella of the lip.

Synonyms Anathallis coripatae (Luer & R.Vásquez) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia coripatae (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia coripatae

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