Pleurothallis ephemera Lindl. 1836 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

Plant and Flowers Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista

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Common Name The Fleeting Pleurothallis [refers to the short life of the flowers]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in French Guinea, Surinam, Brazil and Bolivia in foothills as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, to 1.2" [3 cm] long, fractiflex successively single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Humboldtia ephemera (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia longirostris (H.Focke) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia rostriflora (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pabstiella ephemera (Lindl.) Luer 2007; Pabstiella rostriflora (Rchb.f.) Luer 2007; Pleurothallis longirostris H.Focke 1843; Pleurothallis ochracea Porsch 1905; Pleurothallis ornithorrhyncha Hoehne 1929; Pleurothallis rostriflora Rchb.f. 1850; Specklinia ephemera (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Stelis ephemera (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Stelis rostriflora (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Iconographia de Orchidaeceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P ochracea drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vazquez and Ibisch 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis ephemera; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Vazquez and Ibisch 2004 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia ephemera; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Pabstiella ephemera; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Pabstiella rostriflora

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