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

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing of Sarcinula psichion by Carl Luer

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

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica in lower rainforests at elevations around 900 to 1000 meters [if this determination is correct] as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose 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 an erect, arising through a sheath at the base of the leaf, fascile of .28 to .56" [.7 to 1.4 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with half as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"Distinguished by the small, slender, thick leaves borne by abbreviated ramicauls that are concealed by loose sheaths. The roots are proportionally large for the plant. The flowers are produces successively on single flowered, elongated pedicels from a very short peduncle arising from the ramicaul within the sheath. The sepals are acute, the petals 2 veined and ventricose and the oblong lip is arcuate, channeled and more or less conduplicate below the middle." Luer 2006

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 11(2): 89, f. 24. Luer 1996 drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 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 psichion;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula psichion;

Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula psichion drawing okish see above;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklnia psichion photo fide

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