Pleurothallis macroblepharis Rchb. f. 1874 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo courtesy of Walter Teague


Common Name The Large-Lashed Pleurothallis [refers to the long filament like sepals]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1600 to 2350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubualr sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that that blooms in the summer on a filiform, loose, subflexuous, flexible, to 6" [15 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Masdevallia culex hort. 1888; Masdevallia pulex hort. 1888; Muscarella macroblepharis (Rchb. f.) Luer 2006; Specklinia macroblepharis (Rchb. f.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklinia macroblepharis; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide other than hairs on the lip apex; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella macroblepharis drawing fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as Specklinia macroblepharis #1 of pg 333 photo not =; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as Specklinia macroblepharis #2 photo good; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella macroblepharis photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Muscarella aff macroblepharis photo ok but has long apical lip hairs