Pleurothallis crinita Barb. Rodr. 1877 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Cryptophoranthae Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by White Oak Orchids

Flower Closeup

Flower Closeup- Side View

Leaf Detail

Photo courtesy of Americo Docha Neto


Common Name The Long Haired Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/5" [.5 cm]

Found in the southeast Atlantic forests of Brazil and Bolivia at elevations of 700 to 900 [1800 to 200 in Bolivia] meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte in humid and shady locations with spreading ramicauls enveloped completely by sheaths and carrying a single, apical, obovate, conduplicate, yellowish-olive green, speckled purple on both sides, attenuate abruptly below into the twisted, subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on a .6 to .7" [1.5 to 1.7 cm] long, successively 2, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Acianthera crinita (Barb.Rodr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Acianthera renipetala (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2004; Cryptophoranthus kautskyi Pabst 1976; Lepanthes crinita (Barb. Rodr.) Barb. Rodr. 1881; Lepanthes renipetala Barb. Rodr. 1881; Pabstiella crinita (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2007; Pleurothallis renipetala (Barb. Rodr.) Cogn. 1896; Specklinia crinita (Barb.Rodr.) F.Barros 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 as Cryptophoranthus kautskyi drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 photo/drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera crinita; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia crinita; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Acianthera renipetala; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Pabstiella crinita; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Acianthera crinitaphotos fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera crinita photo fide