Pleurothallis iota Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

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

Common Name The Little Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja province of Ecuador and Amazonas department of Peru at elevations around 2700 to 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with an ascending ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, loose, flexuous, disitichous, .8" [2 cm] long including the .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long peduncle, successively single, 2 to 7 flowered inflorescence with a tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by a creeping rhizome with short ramicauls and narrowly obovate leaves and short, flexuous, few flowered racemes.The sepalsare acute, the petals arelong-acuminate ad the lip is trilobed below the middle. It is related to P lasioglossa with a long ciliate lip without lateral lobes but it has the plant and flower larger. lUER 2006

Synonyms Anathallis iota (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Panmorphia iota (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia iota (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3: 128 Luer 1976 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986; ;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:249 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Anathallis iota;

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 iota;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia iota Luer 2006 as Panmorphia iota

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia iota Luer 2006 as Panmorphia iota drawing fide

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