Pleurothallis purpurella Luer 1999 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Apodae-Caespitosae [Lindl.]Luer 1986

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Small Purple Flowered Pleurothallis

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia on the western slopes of the western Cordillera of the Andes as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below intothe subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, .8 to 1.6" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Similar to P brighamii but is distinguished by the small habit, very small, purple flowers, an unguilate lip and a column devoid of calli." Luer 1999

Synonyms Pleurothallis purpurella Luer 2000; Sarcinula purpurella (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia purpurella (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide;

Orquideologia 21: 335 (2000), nom. illeg drawing fide;

Lindleyana 16(4): 259 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Specklinia purpurella

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula purpurella

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sarcinula purpurella drawing fide;

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