Pleurothallis ricii Luer & R.Vásquez 1997 publ. 1998

SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name Ric's Pleurothallis [Bolivian Co-collector of species current]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivia in seasonally dry forests at elevations around 300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths with red veinlike ribs and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a subdense, filiform, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .2 to .4" [5 to 10 mm] long peduncle, successively 3 to 4 flowered inflorescence with a thin floral bract.

Characterized by the narrowly elliptic leaf carried by an equally long ramicaul with red veined ribbed sheaths. The inflorescence is short and carries 3 to 4 successively opening flowers with small sepals and petals which are wide spread to expose the comparitively large oblong, ciliate lip with a pair of longitudinal calli. The petals are ciliate and cellular glandular at the apex.

Synonyms Anathallis ricii (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2009; Panmorphia ricii (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2006; Specklinia ricii (Luer & R.Vásquez) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XV Luer 1997; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia ricii ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Panmorphia ricii drawing fide;