Pleurothallis holstii Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1986 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Holst's Pleurothallis [Swedish Collector of Species current ]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Bolivar and Amazonas states in eastern Venezuela at elevations around 100 to 500 meters as a super mini-miniature sized, hot growing, shortly repent epiphyte with reclining to ascending, stout ramicauls with a tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, more or less suberect, overlapping, thickly coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, acuminate, broadly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a congested, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul to .36" [9 mm] long including the .08" [2mm] long peduncle, successively single, 3 to 8 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by tiny, broadly elliptical leavesborne closely on a creeping rhizome, A successively several flowered raceme eventually reaches near the tips of the leaves. The sepals are ovate and free, the petals are similar and acute and details of the elliptical lip are variable. Carnevali and Ramirez described 3 separate species, P holstii, P pemonum and P deborana. Luer lumped them all in P holstii. Kew still has them separtate. I await verification by seeing living specimens. Luer himeself was leary.

Synonyms Anathallis holstii (Carnevali & I.Ramírez) Luer 2009; Panmorphia holstii (Carnevali & I.Ramírez) Luer 2006;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Ernstia 39: 18 Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1986;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia deborana;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsidertaion of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia holstii drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Sytematics of Stelis of Ecuador Part 4 Luer 2009 as Anathallis holstii;

Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 21, No. 1, Novelties in the orchid flora of Venezuela IX. Subtribe Pleurothallidinae. New combinations in Anathallis and a new report for the orchid flora of Colombia Romero-González, German Carnevali and Toscano 2016 as Anathallis holstii drawing fide