Pleurothallis lentiginosa F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899 SUBGENUS Pseudooctomeria [Krzl.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Walter Schug


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Winter

Common Name The Speckled Pleurothallis

Flower Size .005" [1 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized cool to cold growing, densely fasciculate-caespitose epiphyte with stout, ascending, terete ramicaul mostly enveloped by 4 to 5 imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 3 to 4, erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul through an annulus, .15 to .20" [3 to 4 mm] long, fascile of successive, single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, longer to shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the densely fasciculated ramicauls, petiolate leaves about equally as long, a fascile of short, single flowered peduncles, papillose ovaries and fleshy, verrucose sepals connate two-thirds the length into a broadly cylindrical tube. The petals are broadly obovate and the lip is oblong with a longitudinal pair of calli that fit within the longitudianl wqings of the column." Luer 2007

Synonyms Pseudoctomeria lentiginosa (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Kraenzl. 1925; Specklinia lentiginosa (F.Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 26(3-4): 446 F. Lehm. & Kraenzl., 1899;

Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1925: 116 Kraenzl. 1925 as Pseudooctomeria lentignosa;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986 drawing fide;

Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;

Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Specklinia lentignosa;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis In Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as Pseudoctomeria lentignosa;

Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklnia lentignosa photo fide