Pleurothallis granitica Luer & G.A.Romero in G.A.Romero & G.Carnevali 2000 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

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

LATE THROUGH

Common Name The Granite Loving Pleurothallis [refers to the plant habitat]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Amazonas state of Venezuela at elevations around 100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing, repent epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a thin tubular sheath in the lower half and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect to pendent, thickly coriaceous, rigid, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the late summer through fall on a congested, arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long including the .16" [4 mm] long, peduncle, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence and has a close, tubular, aslong as to longer than the pedicel floral bract.

"Closely allied to P angustifolia but characterized by the slender, creeping rhizome and slender, erect to pedent ramicauls and leaves. The raceme is short and few flowered, the dorsal sepal is obtuse and apiculate, the synsepal is deeply scaphoid with a broad, rounded mentum filling the basal half. The petals are microscopically serrate. The lip is thick witha pair of calli on the middle third and low, rounded marginal lobes below the middle." Luer 2004

Synonyms Acianthera granitica (Luer & G.A.Romero) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Romero & Carnevali 2000 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

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 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 granitica;

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