Pleurothallis dalessandroi Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

and AGAIN EARLY

Common Name Dalesandro's Pleurothallis [American Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .32" [3 mm]

Found in Loja province of southern Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 3, loose, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and again in early summer on a subcongested, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, suberect, to .4" [1 cm] long including the .12" [3 mm] long peduncle, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with as long as to just shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Easily distinguished from P rabei by the larger habit and much larger flowers with multiveined sepals. The lateral lobes off the lip below the middle are narrow, erect, cilate and .04" [1 mm] long." Luer 2006

Similar species include P sanchezii, P rabei, P jamaicensis, P burzlaffiana and P lewisii

Synonyms Anathallis dalessandroi (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Panmorphia dalessandroi (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia dalessandroi (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Selbyana 7: 116 Luer 1982;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:248 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase2001 as Anathallis dalesandroi;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia dalessandroi;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia dalessandroi

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

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis dalesandroi photo fide

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