Pleurothallis miguelii Schltr. 1913 SUBGENUS Acianthera [Scheidw.] Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name or Meaning Miguel's Pleurothallis [Dominican Padre Miguel Fuertes, first collector of species 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic in forests at elevations around 700 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped below the middle by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, rigid, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the fall and spring on a strict, arising through a spathe, lax, secund, minutely scabrous, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously few to several flowered inflorescence with a tubular, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Characterized by a sesssile leaf with a large, foliaceous spathe at the base. The non-resupinate flowers are borne in a strict, simultaneously several flowered raceme. The sepals are fleshy and puberulent externally, the lateal sepals are semiconnate, the petals are abruptly short-acuminate with erose margins and the obovoid lip is glabrous with a rounded, convex apex, with erect marginal lobules below the middle and a slender capittate lobule at each corner of the base. The sepals can measure from .24" [6 mm] long to .48 to .52" [12 to 13 mm] long." Luer 2004

Synonyms Acianthera miguelii (Schltr.) Luer 2004; Anathallis miguelii (Schltr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* In Urban Symb. Antill. 7: 493 Schlechter 1913

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:249 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Anathallis miguelii;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Acianthera miguelii;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide

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