Pleurothallis herpethophyton Schltr. 1929 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Another flower? too ciliate sepals, petals not

Photo by The Ecuagenera Orchid Website

Full Shade WarmCoolSpring

Common Name or Meaning The Snake-Like Pleurothallis [refers to the repent habit of the plant]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Bolivia on the eastern slopes of the Andes at elevations around 1050 to 1150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ascending to erect ramcauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on a racemose, 1 to a few, simultaneous, comparatively stout, more or less secund to distichous, of .48 to 8.8" [12 to 22cm] long, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the abscission layer.

CAUTION!!! The first photo is absolutely correct for the flower but not the leaves which are not narrowly elliptical. The second photo the sepals and petals are pilose and the type drawing does not have this as well as the lip is channeled too deep towards the base.

Synonyms Anathallis herpetophyton (Schltr.) Luer 2009; Panmorphia herpethophyton (Schltr.) Luer 2006; Specklinia herpethophyton (Schltr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia herpethophyton; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia herpethophyton drawing ok; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis herpetophyton photo fide