Pleurothallis exilis C.Schweinf. 1951

SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Schweinfurth and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Meager Pleurothallis [refers to the plant size]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Monagas and Sucre states of Venezuela at elevations of 1100 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped at the base by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising laterally from the ramicaul, congested, .4" [1 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence with as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"The ramicauls are less than half as long as the elliptical leaves. The flowers are produced successively in 2 to 4 flowered racemes from the ramicaul by short peduncles. The flowers have a dorsal sepal and synsepal that are acute, the petals are broad and obtuse and the lip is entire and oblong. There appear to have been a marginal thickening as if there had been intramural callii on the middle third." Luer 2006

Synonyms Sarcinula exilis (C.Schweinf.) Luer 2006; Specklinia exilis (C.Schweinf.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Fieldiana, Botany 28(1): 183. C. Schweinf. 1951 drawing fide;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide;

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 exilis;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematicss of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula exilis

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematicss of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula exilis drawing fide;

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