Pleurothallis herpestes Luer 1979 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Photo by Joel McNeil and his P-base Orchid Website


Common Name The Creeping Snake Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a filiform, horizontal, more or less creeping, to 1.6" [4 cm] long, loose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul

Synonyms Muscarella herpestes (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia herpestes (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella herpestes drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Verapazia herpestes; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella herpestes photo good