Pleurothallis microgemma Schltr. ex Hoehne 1936 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium


Common Name The Tiny Flower Bud Pleurothallis

Flower Size

Found in Sao Paulo Brazil at elevations around 1100 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect to horizontal ramicauls enveloped by imbricating, green to brown, membraneous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaecous, obovate, dark olive green, conduplicate, slightly infolded, attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms in the fall on a .2 to .4" [5 to 10 mm long, 2 to 6 alternate, flowered inflorescence

CAUTION I am not positive of this determination so please use with caution. There are no suporting plant photos and in these Brazilian mini-miniatures it is often important to see the plant morphology for a positive id.

Synonyms Anathallis microgemma (Schltr. ex Hoehne) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia microgemma (Schltr. ex Hoehne) F.Barros 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Anathallis microgemma; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing good