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

Plant and Flowers Photos by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Cogniaux

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]

Found in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janiero and Espirito Santo states of Brazil in the southeast Atlantic forests at elevations around 732 meters as a miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphytic species from 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.

CAUTION Kew includes this species as a synonym of Pleurothallis leucopyramis I have left them separate for now.

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:583 Martius, Cogniaux 1893

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:58 Martius, Cogniaux 1893 as Pleurothallis pterophora var. minor

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:tab 121 Martius, Cogniaux 1893 drawing fide

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing good;

Miniature Orchids Northen 1980;

Phytologia 54: 397 Luer 1983 as Trichosalpinx pterophora;

AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVI Luer 1997;

AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 10 2003 photo fide;

Phytotaxa 46: 55 Chiron 2012 as Pabstiella pterophora;