Pleurothallis lewisiae Ames 1931 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

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Common Name or Meaning Lewis' Pleurothallis [Margaret Ward Lewis American Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests at elevations of sealevel to 750 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with reclining to ascending ramicauls enveloped by a muriculate, tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, more or less prostrate, overlapping, minutely subverrucose, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later summer and fall on a slender, sublax, subsecund, to .4" [1 cm] long, successively 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence arising from near the apex of the ramicaul with acute, muriculate floral bracts.

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

Synonyms Anathallis lewisiae (Ames) Solano & Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003; Panmorphia lewisiae (Ames) Luer 2006; Specklinia lewisiae (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1114 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia lewisiae; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Anathallis lewisiae; Icones pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia lewisae drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide; Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Anathallis lewisiae photos fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis lewisae photo fide

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