Pleurothallis escalerensis Carnevali & Luer 2003

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

Common Name The Escalera Pleurothallis

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Bolivar Venezuela at elevations of 300 to 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carryijng a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below intot he petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late sprijng on an erect to suberect, filiform peduncle, to .4" [1 cm] long, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, loose, subflexuous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel fl;oral bract and carrying flowers with purple, darker along the veins, membraneous sepals, purple, microscopically erose petals and a purple lip that is minutely to microscopically ciliate-erose.

"This species is known to occur in only one area of lowland, northeastern Venezuela. It is distinguished from P barbulata by the very small habit with a capillary, loose, subflexuous, successively single, many flowered raceme that eventually far exceeds the leaf in length. The sepals are glabrous and the laterals are connate to nea the apex. The petals are acute and oblique with microscopically erose margins. The lip is oblong, also microscopically ciliate-erose, with erect, oblique lobes below the middle." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis escalerensis (Carnevali & Luer) Luer 2009; Lankesteriana escalerensis (Carnevali & Luer) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia escalerensis (Carnevali & Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia escalerensis (Carnevali & Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia escalerensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2004 as Panmorphia escalerensis drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 13(3): 319332 Karremans 2014 as Lankesteriana escalerensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankestriana escalerensis;

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