Pleurothallis cypripedioides Luer 1975 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Flower Closeup

Another Flower Angle

Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Cypripedium-Like Pleurothallis [Refers to the pouch-like lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 350 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, subacute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a weak, more or less lendent, lax, disitchous, flexuous, to 2" [5 cm] long, successively several to many flowered inflorescence subtended by a spathe with an annulus at below the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Specklinia cypripedioides (Luer) Luer 2004; Stelis cypripedioides (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis cypripedioides; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia cypripedioides; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 11 2006 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella cypripedioides; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo not