Pleurothallis gutierrezii Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 3: 114 Luer 1976

Common Name Gutierrez's Pleurothallis [Jorge Gutierrez, avid orchidist of Bolivia]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations around 400 meters as a mini-minaiture sized, hot growing, repent epiphyte with a stout rhizome giving rise to slender, terete ramicauls with a ribbed, tubular sheath from a joint near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, front dark green purple spotted beneath, elliptical, subacute, tridenticulate, cuneate to rounded below into the sessile base leaf that blooms on a fascile of a few, erect, arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf, peduncle filiform, to 2" [5 cm] long, loose, few flowered inflorescence with infundibular, just shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The plant produces very fine secondary stems at short intervals from a rather stout creeping rhizome. The equally long elliptical leaves are profusly spotted with purple beneath. The hair-like peduncle produces two or three over-sized yellow flowers with purple markings. Each presents with four slender, pointed, forward projecting floral parts. The dorsal sepal and the opposite synsepal appear similar with revoluted margins even though the latter is deeply bifid. To either side protrude the long narrow petals with their single prominent stripe. The oblong lip has a pair of lateral lobes just below the middle. " Luer 1976


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3: 114 Luer 1976 drawing fide;