Pleurothallis fractiflexa Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Common Name The Fractiflex Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to narrowly ovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a loose, flexuous, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and has an oblique, acute floral bract.

Synonyms Anathallis corynophora (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Anathallis fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2009; Lankesteriana fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2006; Pleurothallis corynophora Luer 1984; Specklinia fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia fractiflexa ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia fractiflexa drawing; LANKESTERIANA 13(3): 319332 Kerremans 2014 as Lankesteriana fractiflexa; AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankestriana fractiflexa photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Lankestriana fractiflexa photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 sa Lankesteriana fractiflexa photo fide; fide