Pleurothallis megalops Luer 1982

SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Another Flower

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Another Clone

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeCoolSummer

Common Name The Giant Lipped Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Azuay, El Oro and Loja provinces of Ecuador on the western slopes of the Andes around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a filiform, loose, subflexuous, flexible, to 7.2" [18 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with less than half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Closely allied to P macroblepharis but vegetatively larger than others in the SECTION. The inflorescenec is a long, loose, flexuous raceme of large, spectacular flowers. The spotted sepals are long and narrow with tails slightly shorter than the blades. The petals are long-cilaite below the aristate apex. The lip, by far the larest in the section is obovate and convex with long-cilaite and pubescent margins." Luer 2006

Synonyms Andreettaea megalops (Luer) A.Doucette First published in Internet Orchid Sp. Photo Encycl. Nomencl. Notes 8(1):6 2022; Muscarella megalops (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia megalops (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 7: 118 Luer 1982

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol III Luer 1986;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:258 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase2001 as Specklinia megalops;

Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Muscarella megalops

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

Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Specklinia megalops;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella megalops photo fide;

Internet Orchid Sp. Photo Encycl. Nomencl. Notes 8(1):6 Doucette 2022 as Andreettaea megalops

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