Pleurothallis pectinifera ined. SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

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Common Name or Meaning The Comb Carrying Pleurothallis [refers to its its congested, distichous raceme]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Pichincha province of Ecuador in wet forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, shortly ascending-repent epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, thinly coriaceous, rigid, narrowly obovate, obtuse, narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer on an erect, compressed peduncle 1.6" [4 cm] long, arising from below the apex of the ramicaul, rachis 1" [2.5 cm] long, congested, distichous, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with the floral bract as long as the pedicel and carrying non-resupinate flowers with light green suffused with tan sepals, transluscent light green petals and a green lip.

The species is characterized by the compressed peducle that bears a short, congested, distichous raceme of simultaneous, non-resupinate flowers in opposite-facing rows. It is related to the tall, loosely flowered P alta but P pectinifera differs in the shorter subsessile leaves in addition to the abbreviated raceme. The sepals are similar with the apices fleshy thickened and the petals are also similar but narrower and the longitudinally callous lips are also similar." Luer 2005

Synonyms *Specklinia pectinifera Luer & Hirtz 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII Luer 2005 as Specklinia pectinifera Drawing fide

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