Pleurothallis erucosa Luer & R. Escobar 1998SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Inflorescence Photo by Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Common Name or Meaning The Full of Caterpillars Pleurothallis [refers to the appearence of the pubescent flowers within the revolute leaf]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia as a small sized epiphyte? with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a long, loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, broadly elliptical, rigidly convex, revolute margins, shortly acute and decurved apically, mottled with purple within, rounded and abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a slender, erect, congested, distichous, .8" [2 cm] long, simultaeously several flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and subtended by a spathe with an annulus from below the apex of the ramicaul. with successesive single flowers.

Synonyms Effusiella erucosa Luer 2007; Specklinia erucosa (Luer & R. Escobar) Luer 2004; Stelis erucosa (Luer & R. Escobar) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis erucosa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia erucosa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella erucosa

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