Pleurothallis psichion Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

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Common Name The Tiny Crumb Pleurothallis [refers to the size of the plant]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago Costa Rica in lower rainforests at elevations around 900 to 100 meters [if this determination is correct] as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with short, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close, loose tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, linear-oblong, convolute, acute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a fascile of .28 to .56" [.7 to 1.4 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising through a sheath at the base of the leaf.

CAUTION I am not convinced that this detrermination is correct. Luer states that the sepals are acute, the petals are 2 veined and the column is denticulate at the apex.

Synonyms Sarcinula psichion (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia psichion (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia psichion; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sarcinula psichion drawing okish see above