Pleurothallis rabei Foldats 1968 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by Eric Hunt

Another Flower

Photo by Jay Pfahl

Drawings

Drawings by Carl Luer

Common Name Rabe's Pleurothallis [Co-Collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 600 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from a node near the apex the ramicaul, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, subflexuous, racemose, .6" [15 mm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the ramicaul shorter than the leaf and a short, few flowered raceme. The sepals and petals are vaiously ciliate and pubescent. The lip is oblong and trilobed with lateral lobes of various sizes below but near the middle." Luer 2006

Similar species include P sanchezii, P jamaicensis, P dalesandroi, P burzlaffiana and P lewisii

Synonyms Anathallis rabei (Foldats) Luer 2009; Panmorphia rabei (Foldats) Luer 2006; Specklinia rabei (Foldats) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 387 Foldats 1968:

Flora de Venezuela, Vol XV Segunda parte Foldats 1970 as syn of P breviscapa Illustration "B" fide;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide with the second photo;

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 rabei;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia rabei

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Stelis of Ecuador 4 Luer 2009 as Anathallis rabei;

Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Anathallis rabei photos fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis aff rabei photo good

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