Pleurothallis mentosa Cogn. 1896 SUBGENUS Mirabilia Luer 1986

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Plant and Flower Photos by Roberto Martins and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Common Name The Chin Pleurothallis [refers to the spur-like base end to the synsepal]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil in foothills and wet montane forests at elevations around 150 to 300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a stout, erect to suberect ramicaul enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect, coriaceous, elliptical to broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect to arching, subflexuous, to 4.8" [12 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long peduncle, sussessively single, many flowered inflorescence arising from the ramicaul and has a thin, tubular floral bract and carrying both resupinate and non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Anthereon mentosus (Cogn.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Lepanthes yauaperyensis Barb.Rodr. 1891; Pabstiella yauaperyensis (Barb.Rodr.) F.Barros 2002; Specklinia mentosa (Cogn.) Luer 2004; Specklinia yauaperyensis (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia mentosa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia yauaperyensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVII Luer 2005 as Specklinia yauaperyensis Errata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2006 as Pabstiella yauaperyensis drawing fide

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