Pleurothallis pterophora Cogn. 1896 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Common Name The Winged Pleurothallis [refers to the winged keels on the dorsaland lateral sepals]

Flower Size 1/4 to 3/8" [6 to 7 mm]

This miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic species that occurs in the southeast Atlantic forests of Brazil from Sao Paulo to Espiritu Santo at elevations around 732 meters where it is a variable bloomer on an apical, erect, thin, 6" [15 cm] long, fractiflex, racemose, few flowered inflorescence holding the flowers just above or amid the leaves and they are fragrant [lily of the valley], long-lasting small flowers that open simultaneously.

Each and every leaf on this plant can bloom over and over to up to 4 years, but not on the old inflorescence, new ones arise at each blooming.

Synonyms Pabstiella pterophora (Cogn.) Chiron 2012; Pleurothallis pterophora var. minor Cogn. 1896; Trichosalpinx pterophora [Cogn.]Luer 1983

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996 photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1997; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 10 2003 photo;

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