Pleurothallis itaguacuensis [Jesus & Campacci] in ed. SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

Plant and Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photos by Frasnsisco Jose de Jesus/Drawing by Marcos Campacci

Full Shade Hot Summer

Common Name The Itaguacu Pleurothallis [A city in Espirito Santo state of Brazil]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm] long

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil in Atlantic rainforests at elevations around 220 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with an inconspicuous rhizome giving rise to terete, filiform ramicauls enveloped by 2, persistent, tubular, paleaceous, wrinkled, acute sheaths and carrying a single, green, dorsally dark red-brown spotted, coriaceous, obovate, with an evident central rib, smooth margins, tridentate apically, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms mostly in the summer on a terminal, ocher, flexible, cylindric, capillary, longer than the leaves, , elongating, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, rachis fractiflex, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with membraneous, adpressed, acute floral bracts.

This species is vegetatively similar to P sordida and P melior but the new species is more robust and has different flowers.

Synonyms Pabstiella itaguacuensis Jesus & Campacci 2020

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Coletanea de Orquideas Brasileiras Novas Especies Vol 16 Campacci & Silva 2020 as Pabstiella itaguacuensis photo/drawing fide

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