Pleurothallis samacensis Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Side View OF Flower Photo by Linda & Michael Karlbom


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Samac Pleurothallis [A town in Guatemala near where the first of this species was found]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil in extremely wet montane forests at elevations around 600 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a short, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, obovate-obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on an erect, 1.2" [3 cm] long, successively few flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Muscarella samacensis (Ames) Luer 2006; Specklinia samacensis (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids Of Guatemala Ames & Correll 1952 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 257 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Specklinia samacensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella samacensis drawing good