Pleurothallis gracillima Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Photo by Andy Phillips and Andy’s Orchids

Another Inflorescence

Photo by John Varigos and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Full shade WarmCold SpringSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Pleurothallis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and Ecuador in scrub cloud forests at elevations around 1400 to 3000 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, ligulate, obtuse, shortly bilobed apically, narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a single, erect, 7.2" [18 cm] long, subdensely many flowered inflorescence with cucullate-ovate, shortly acuminate flroal bracts.

Synonyms Humboldtia gracillima (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis brevicaulis Schltr. 1920; Pleurothallis humidicola Garay 1953; Specklinia gracillima (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P brevicaulis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklina gracillima; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Specklinia gracillima drawing good; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia gracillima photo fide