Pleurothallis megaloophora Luer 1983 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

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

Common Name or Meaning The Large Egg Bearing Pleurothallis [refers to the ovary]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 600 meters as a small sized, warm growing, ascending caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped with by 1 to 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the ill defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a congested, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, .2 to .6" [5 to 15 mm] long including the .12 to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long peduncle, successively several flowered inflorescence with tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characetrized by the short, congested, successively flowered raceme about half as long as hthe leaf. The narrow sepals are fleshy-carinate anmd barely open. The narrow petals are minutely pubescent. The lip is bilobed below the middle and bilobed at the bsae. A Large, thickly winged ovary suggests cleistogamy, but the flowers fall off without forming capsules." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis megaloophora (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Panmorphia megaloophora (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia megaloophora (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 54: 387 Luer 1983;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:249 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Anathalis megaloophore;

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 megaloophora;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia megaloophora

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia megaloophora drawing fide

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