Pleurothallis guanacastensis Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Empusella Luer 1986

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Common Name The Guanacaste Pleurothallis [West Costa Rican and Nicaragua Coast]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Nicaragua and Costa Rica in montane tropical forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte at elevations of 80 to 1100 meters with an erect ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic, carinate, retuse, conspicuous apicule in the sinus leaf that blooms in the winter on a filiform, 1 2/5" [3.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence which is shorter than the leaf.

P guanacastensis is in a group of closely related species, P endotrachys, P deuterodunstervillei, P pfavii, P deuteroremotiflora, P spectabilis, P juddii, P fulgens, and P montezumae.

Synonyms Sarcinula guanacastensis (Ames & C. Schweinf.) Luer 2006; Specklinia guanacastensis (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1108 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklina guanacastensis; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sarcinulna guanacastense drawing fide