Pleurothallis cynocephala Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Type Plant

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Dogs Head Pleurothallis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising laterally from the ramicaul, filiform, to 2" [5 cm] long, secund, lax, successively few flowered inflorescence with much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This little species may be recognized by the long, slender, sepaline tails slightly thickened toward the apices. The translucent greenish white blades are spotted with purple and the blades of the caudate petals are ciliated. Microscopically the minute lip resembles the head of a dog with erect ears." Luer 1979

Synonyms Andreettaea cynocephala (Luer) A.Doucette First published in Internet Orchid Sp. Photo Encycl. Nomencl. Notes 8(1):3 2022 ; Muscarella cynocephala (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia cynocephala (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 5(2): 163. Luer 1979;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:257 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Specklinia cynosepala;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Muscarella cynocephala

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Muscarella cynocephala drawing fide;

Internet Orchid Sp. Photo Encycl. Nomencl. Notes 8(1):3 Doucette 2022 as Andreettaea cynosepala

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