Pleurothallis granitica Luer & G.A.Romero in G.A.Romero & G.Carnevali 2000 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 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 Venezuela at elevations around 100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot growing 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, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long including the .16" [4 mm] long, peduncle, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf and has a tubular floral bract.

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 Luer 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia granitica;

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