Pleurothallis montipelladensis Hoehne 1929

SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986 Photo by Luis Renato and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Part Shade Cool WinterSpring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Montepella Pleurothallis [Refers to the mountain where it was first collected Morro Pelado]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Bahia and Sao Paulo States of Brazil on Velloziaceae on rocky slopes at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte or lithophyte in shade or sun with a reduced ramicaul carrying a single, apically fleshy, almost orbicular to subcylindrical to flat, elliptic or spathulate, green to yellowish leaves that can bloom at most ant time of the year on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence.

CAUTION I have no real way to verify this determination. Of the 2 references that I have Seehawer has the plant as erect, relatively elongate, [8 to 15 mm] long ramicaul and an obovate leaf with 2 to 4 flowers on a slightly fractiflex inflorescence. Brito and Cribb have the plant with a very short ramicaul [3 mm] carrying orbicular to subcylindrical leaves and blooms on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, 1 to rarely 2 flowered inflorescence. The photo above is closer to Seehawer's description.

Synonyms Anathallis montipelladensis (Hoehne) F.Barros 2002; Specklinia montepelladensis (Hoehne) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing ok/ photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia montepelladensis; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing/photo not; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide