Pleurothallis endotrachys Rchb.f 1876 SUBGENUS Empusella Luer 1986 Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Smoother Flower Photo by © Jay Pfahl.

More Open Flower Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Plant and Judy Carney Photo by Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Judy Carney.


Common Name The Bristly Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

This miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species is found from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela on trunks of large trees in cloud forests at elevations of 1300 to 2500 meters with clustered, stout, short, sulcate stems carrying a single, apical, fleshy, oblanceolate, obtuse or subacute as well as tridentate apicaly, gradually narrwos below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect when new, pendant as successive flowers open and the stalk lengthens , stout, 5" to 14" [12.5 to 35cm] long, apical, racemose, few to many [10] successive flowered, inflorescence that is longer than the leaves and has a fractiflex rachis and conduplicate bracts, with successive opening flowers occuring in the summer.

Synonyms Empusella endotrachys (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004; Humboldtia endotrachys [Rchb.]O. Ktze. 1891; Humboltia endotrachys (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis spectabilis Ames & Scheinf. 1925; Specklinia endotrachys (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia spectabilis (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Pupulin & Karremans 2012

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as P pfavii; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as P spectabilis; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1096 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 54 No 4 1985 photo; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 7 1998 photo; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklina endotrachys; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Empusella endotrachys; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Specklinia endotrachys photo fideOrquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Empusella endotrachys drawing fide; ; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1092 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Specklinia endotrachys drawing ok; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Revista Guatemalensis Ano 15 No 1 Julio 2012 as Empusella endotrachys; Algunas Orquideas De Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2012 as Specklinia endothachys photo fide;