Pleurothallis jamaicensis Rolfe 1909 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by Ron Parsons


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


Common Name The Jamaican Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Jamaica without locality as a mini-miniature sized, epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, close, ribbed tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, minutely erose margins, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a subcongested, pendent, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence arising at the apex of the ramicaul with an acute floral bract.

Similar species include P sanchezii, P rabei, P dalesandroi, P burzlaffiana and P lewisii

Synonyms Anathallis jamaicensis (Rolfe) Luer 2009; Panmorphia jamaicensis (Rolfe) Luer 2006; Specklinia jamaicensis (Rolfe) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia jamacensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia jamacensis drawing fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis aff jamaicensis photo fide