Pleurothallis nanifolia Foldats 1961 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Plant and Flower

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Photos by © Rogier van Vugt


Drawing © Ernesto Foldats

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Common Name The Smallest Pleurothallis

Flower Size .16" [4 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, shortly repent 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.

"Characterized by erect, successively few flowered racemes that rise from mats of minute, round, overlapping leaves. The sepals are free and the similar petals are nearly as large. The lip is oblong and shallowly channeled down the middle." Luer 2006

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Bol. Soc. Venez. Ci. Nat. 22: 258 Foldats 1961

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 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 nanifolia;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia nanifolia fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Stelis of Ecuador 4 Luer 2009 as Anathallis nanifolia;

Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide as Anathallis nanifolia photos fide;

Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 21, No. 1, Novelties in the orchid flora of Venezuela IX. Subtribe Pleurothallidinae. New combinations in Anathallis and a new report for the orchid flora of Colombia Romero-González, German Carnevali and Toscano 2016 as Anathallis nanifolia drawing fide

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis nanifolia photo fide