Pleurothallis montezumae Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Empusella Luer 1986

Photo by Karremans,

TYPE Drawing of Gerardoa montezumae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

part Shade Warm Summer

Common Name The Cerro Montezuma Pleurothallis [A mountain in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found only in Alajuela province of Costa Rica at elevations around 600 meters as a small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, acute, cuneate below into the elongate, channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a arising from low on the ramicaul.4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, successively 2 flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

This species is very similar to P fulgens but this one differs in having a verrucose and denticulate lip above the middle and has no lateral lobes. The column foot is concave between a pair of calli as seen in Zootrophion. This species is also similar to P guanacastensis but differs in the tall carinate, apiculate sepals amd the apiculate apex of the lip and a pair of calli flanking the cavity on the column foot.

P montezumae is in a group of closely related species which include P endotrachys, P deuterodunstervillei, P pfavii, P deuteroremotiflora, P spectabilis, P juddii, P fulgens, and P guanacastensis.

Synonyms Gerardoa montezumae (Luer) Luer 2006; Kraenzlinella rinkei Luer 2011; Specklinia montezumae (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 16(2): 326. Thoerle and Werner 2011 as Kraenzlinella rinkei drawing fide

* Lindleyana 11(2): 83, f. 20. Luer 1996;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

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 montezumae;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Gerardoa montezumae

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Gerardoa montezumae drawing fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 16: 326 Luer 2011 as Kraenzlinella rinkei;

AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #7 2016 as Kraenzlinella rinkei photo fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia montezumae photo fide

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