Pleurothallis megalops Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

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Common Name The Giant Lipped Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

The western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing 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.

Synonyms Muscarella megalops (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia megalops (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklinia megalops; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII 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