Pleurothallis helenae Fawc. & Rendle 1909 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986 Photo by Mikael Karlbom and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing Drawing by Hagen Stenzel and Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles

Common Name Helen's Pleurothallis [Mrs Helen Wood English Plant Illustrator later 1800's - early 1900-'s]

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica on twigs or rocks in mosses and lichens; prefers humid and partially open places like foggy mountain crests in elfin forests from 1000 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte with very short ramicauls enveloped by 2 scarious, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, green, glabrous, narrowly spathulate, acute to obtuse, tridentate, narrowly attenuate into the base leaf that blooms on a terminal, ascending, .4 to .75" [1 to 1.8 cm] long, 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence subtended by a sheath and arising through an annulus

Synonyms Muscarella helenae (Fawc. & Rendle) Luer 2006; Specklinia helenae (Fawc. & Rendle) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2004 as Specklinia helenae drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014

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