Pleurothallis saundersiana Rchb.f. 1866 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Brachystachyae Lindley 1859 Photo by Luis Felipe Varela

Plant and Flower in situ Sao Paulo Brazil

Photos by Jay Pfahl.

Full ShadeHot to Cool Fall Winter

Common Name Saunder's Pleurothallis [English Orchid And Bromeliad Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and southeastern Brazil as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 1 to 2000 meters with an erect, ramicaul enveloped basally by a few tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-lanceolate, obtuse, rigid, green leaf that blooms in the fall to winter on a racemose, 6" [15 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence arising from the base of the leaf with all the flowers held in one direction.

The ensitu plant photo is from Boia Ceia', Sao Paulo State, Brazil at an elevation of 2 meters in the first scrub hammock on the beach on trunks and limbs of small trees with lichen.

Synonyms Acianthera insularis (Hoehne & Schltr.) Luer 2007; Acianthera saundersiana ( Rchb.f. ) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Pleurothallis auriculigera Hoehne & Schltr. 1926; Pleurothallis butantanensis Hoehne & Schlechter 1926; Pleurothallis felis-lingua Barb. Rodr. 1881; Pleurothallis insularis Hoehne & Schltr. 1926; Pleurothallis josephensis Barb. Rodr. 1891; Pleurothallis josephensis var. integripetala Hoehne 1929; Pleurothallis josephensis var. papillifera Hoehne 1929; Pleurothallis josephensis var. subcrenulata Hoehne 1929; Pleurothallis juergensii Schltr. 1925 Specklinia saundersiana (Rchb.f.) F.Barros 1983 publ. 1984;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P butantanensis drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986 as Pleurothallis bidentula; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Acianthera saundersiana; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing good; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 photo good/drawing fide; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide

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