Pleurothallis muscosa Barb.Rodr. 1877 SUBGENUS Arthrosia Luer 1986


Plant and Flowers in situ Brazil

Photos courtesy of Luiz Filipe Varella.

Common Name The Fly-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .3" [.7 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil and northern Argentina in primary forests high up on mossy tall trees at elevations up to 1200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, jointed, green stem carrying a single apical, erect, coriaceous, slightly coriaceous, green, oblanceolate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on to 3 at once, racemose, 3.2" [8 cm] long, to 16 flowered,

Synonyms Acianthera muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Arthrosia muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2006; Lepanthes muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr. 1881; Pleurothallis muscosa var. parviflora Hoehne 1929; Specklinia muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing ok/photo good; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera muscosa; 100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Arthrosia muscosa; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Acianthera muscosa photo fide