Pleurothallis murex Rchb.f. 1865 Drawing by Hagen Stenzel and Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles

Common Name The Seashell Pleurothallis

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in central and eastern Cuba in semi open places in vegetation of the mogotes or charrascales at elevations of 200 and 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with ascending to pendent, enveloped below the middle by 1 to 2 scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, triangular in transverse section, broadly ovate to suborbicular, rounded to obtuse, shortly apiculate, green and verrucate on the upper side, green and rough on the lower side; base obtuse to rounded; margin irregularily denticulate to profoundly crenulate leaves that blooms on a terminal, pendent or ascending, 1-5 per stem, .6" [1.5 cm] long, glabrous, successivley few-flowered, inflorescence subtended at the base by a conduplicate, carinate and crenate sheath with an annulus with two or three bracts;

Synonyms Acianthera murex (Rchb.f.) Luer 2009; Specklinia murex (Rchb.f.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing good; Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia murex; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing hmm

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