Pleurothallis retusa (Lex.) Lindl. 1842SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

Plant on the right in situ in central Mexico

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Common Name The Retuse Pleurothallis [possilby refers to the synsepal]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Michoacan, Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico at elevations of 1800 to 2400 meters as a miniature to just small cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from below the middle and 2 to 3 others above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, subcongested, distichous, .4" [1 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul, and has a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms *Dendrobium retusum Lex. 1825; Effusiella retusa Luer 2007; Humboldtia retusa (Lex.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis aristocratica L.O. Williams 1946; Pleurothallis hieroglyphica Ames 1908; Specklinia retusa (Lex.) Lindl. 1835; Stelis aristocratica (L.O.Williams) Solano & Soto Arenas 2002; Stelis retusa (Lex.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985 as Pleurothallis hieroglyphica drawing fide; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as P aristocratica; Icones Orchidacearum 10 plate 1998 Hagsater & Soto as Stelis retusa drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 as P aristocratica; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis retusa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella retusa;