Pleurothallis longiserpens C.Schweinf. 1942 SUBGENUS Masdevallianthe

Plant and side view of flower Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Long Creeping Pleurothallis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ayacucho Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 3100 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with stout, ascending-erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, suberect to spreading, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, successively single to sometimes 2 flowered inflorescence arising from below the apex of the ramicaul.

All photos on the net of P masdevalliopsis are actually this species. P masdevalliopsis has a broadly falcate side lobe and P longiserpens has an ovate side lobe.

Synonyms Masdevalliantha longiserpens (C.Schweinf.) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Masdevalliantha longiserpens drawing fide

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