Pleurothallis francesiana Luer 2003 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Side View of Flower

Plant and Flower

Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Frances' Pleurothallis [English Mrs Manning Original Collector of species Wife]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Huanaco department of Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 640 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising from a node below the abscission , 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, successively and distantly single, 4 to 5 flowered inflorescence with an oblique, acuminate, minutely scabrous, just short to as long as the pedicel floral bract.

Most similar to P humilis but the new species is characterized by the densely caespitose plant with very short ramicauls and narrow, thickly coriaceous leaves. The loose, successively few flowered raceme eventually exceeds the leaf in length. The sepals and petals are shortly acuminate and sharply acute. The lip is elliptical and fleshy with a pair of longitudinal calli and a minute pair of basal lobules." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis francesiana (Luer) Luer 2009; Panmorphia francesiana (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia francesiana (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Revista de la Sociedad Boliviana de Botanica 4[3]: 3-24 Luer 2003 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 francesiana;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia francesiana

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia francesiana drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Stelis of Ecuador 4 Luer 2009 as Anathallis francesiana;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis francesiana photo fide

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