Pleurothallis ichthyonekys Luer 1977

SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Fish Carcass Pleurothallis [an allusion to the shape of the petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador in dwarf forests at elevations around 2600 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls with 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a horizontal, more or less creeping, to 5.6" [to 14 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella ichthyonekys drawing fide;