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

Common Name The Small Purple Flowered Pleurothallis

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found on the western slopes of the western Cordillera of the Andes in Colombia as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing 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, eret, [2 to 3.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with thin, tubular, imbricating floral bracts.

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 Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Sarcinula purpurella drawing fide;