Pleurothallis meridana Rchb.f. 1850 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae Luer 1986 Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom, Sweden

Part shade Warm coolWinter

Common Name The Merida Pleurothallis [A Town In Venezuela]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in rain and cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, dusty grey green, very thick and hard fleshy, almost succulent, lightly concave to convex leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, 2" [5 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence that is as tall or a little shorter than the leaf.

Synonyms Anathallis meridana (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboltia meridana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Specklinia meridana (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville and Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Luer 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas de Tachira' Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia meridana;