Pleurothallis rostratissima Luer & J.Portilla 2002 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Inflorescence Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Another Flower showing column Photo by Roelke Orchids

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer LATE EARLY

Common Name The Great Beaked Pleurothallis [refers to the elongate apex of the column]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Ecuador without collection data as a mini-miniature sized epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a weak, suberect to arching, lax, distichous, flexuous, to 3.2" [to 8 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising from below the apex of the ramicaul.

Very similar to P cypripedioides but differs mostly in the more laterally compressed lip and the more elongate side view tothe flower.

Synonyms Effusiella rostratissima (Luer & J.Portilla) Luer 2007; Specklinia rostratissima (Luer & J.Portilla) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia rostratissima; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella rostratissima