Pleurothallis leptantha Schltr. 1920 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986

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

Common Name The Thin Slender Flowered Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Magdalena department of Colombia at elevations of 1200 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the the base leaf that blooms in the spring on a arising laterally from the ramicaul, erect to arching, lax, subdense, distichous to subsecund, 2" [5 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with less than half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to P brighamii but the flowers are borne in a loose, few-flowered raceme, an exception in the genus, has the flowers about .2" [5 mm] apart. The sepals are acute, thae laterals connate either a little aboveor below the middle. The petals are acute with the lower margin dilated. The lip is verrucose above the middle and lobed below the middle with verrucose calli on the middle third." Luer 2006

Synonyms Sarcinula leptantha (Schltr.) Luer 2006; Specklinia leptantha (Schltr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 107 Schlechter 1920:

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 leptantha;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula leptantha

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula leptantha drawing fide;

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