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

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Plant

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Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

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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 Guanacaste and Alajuela provinces of Costa Rica in montane tropical forests as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose 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, shorter than the leaf, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Superficially similar to P fulgens but distinguished by the smaller habit and an oblong lip without lateral lobes." Luer 2006

P guanacastensis is part of the P endotrachys complex and 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 ;

* Schedul. Orch. 10: 27-29. Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1108 Dodson 1984 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:258 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Specklina guanacastensis;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula guanacastense drawing fide

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