Pleurothallis minutissima Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeHot to Cool LATEWinterandSpring

Common Name The Most Minute Pleurothallis

Flower Size

Found in Colombia as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with very short ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, spathulate to obovate, emarginate, coriaceous, obtuse to bidentate apically, gradually conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a basal, thread-like, long-pedunculate, .6" [1.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with infundibuliform, mucronate, slightly carinate, membraneous, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

There are several related species that make up the P barbulata complex and thay are P imberbis, P minima, P minutissima and P steinbuchiae

Often cited as a synonym of P barbulata but Kew separates it at this time.

Synonyms Lankesteriana minutissima (Luer) Karremans 2015;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideologia 20: 218 Luer 1996 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 Specklinia minutissima;

AOS Bulletin 84: 310 Karremans 2015 as Lankesteriana minutissima

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