Pleurothallis guanacastensis Ames & C. Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986 Photo by Jorge Miguel Conejo Chaverri and his Flickr Orchid Website

Another Flower Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton

Plant Photo courtesy of Daniel Jimenez

Another Flower with pubescence? Photo by Jay Pfahl


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.

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