Pleurothallis imraei Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

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Full ShadeWarmCoolWinter THROUGHSpring

Common Name Imray's Pleurothallis [Collector in West Indies 1800's]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in The Leeward and Windward Islands, Guyana, Surinam, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil in cloud forests as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial on steep embankments that occurs at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters with elongate ramicauls subtended by a scarious, semi-inflated basal bract and then another below the middle carrying a single, apical, ovate, gradually rounds out to a long petiolate base, acute leaf and blooms in the winter and spring on several lateral, 3" [7.5 cm] long, laxly racemose inflorescence arising from a spathe and usually held on the back side of the leaf with several distant, tubular, appressed bracts and successively opening, 7 to 15, pubescent flowers held at mid leaf height.

Synonyms Effusiella imraei Luer 2007; Humboldtia imraei (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia imray [Lindl.] Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis imraei var. vaginata (Schltr.) O.Gruss & M.Wolff 2007; Pleurothallis umbraticola Schlechter 1929; Pleurothallis vaginata Schlechter 1923; Specklinia imraei (Lindl.) Luer 2004; Specklinia vaginata (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Stelis imraei (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Stelis vaginata (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 197. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as P vaginata; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as P vaginata drawing good; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing okish; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 237 Dodson 1980 drawing good; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 160 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing okish; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 photo ok/drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis imraei; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis vaginata; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia imraei; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia vaginata; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella imraei; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella vaginata; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as Stelis imraie photo not = Stelis?; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide