Pleurothallis nanifolia Foldats 1961 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Plant and Flower

Plant, Flower and Perspective

Photos by Rogier van Vugt

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Common Name The Smallest Pleurothallis

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia in open scrubby forests at elevations of 120 to 300 meters as a mat-forming, mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a branching repent rhizome with closely spaced, flatly adpressed to the branch, size and fleshiness variable, suborbicular to ovate, rounded apically leaves that blooms on a basal, short to .15" [4mm], successively single to four flowered inflorescence with tubular close floral bracts that conceal most of the pedicel.

Synonyms Anathallis nanifolia (Foldats) Luer 2009; Panmorphia nanifolia (Foldats) Luer 2006; Specklinia nanifolia (Foldats) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora De Venezuela Volume 15 Part 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia nanifolia; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia nanifolia fide; Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide as Anathallis nanifolia photos fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis nanifolia photo fide