Pleurothallis scariosa (Lex.) Lindl. 1842 SUBGENUS Acuminatia SECTION Acuminatae Lindley 1859 Photo by © Osezno sp. and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by ©Eric Hunt.


Common Name The Scarious Pleurothallis [Refers to the scarious sheaths of the stem]

Flower Size .5" [1.2 cm]

Found in Michoacan, Mexico, Morelos, Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico in montane rainforests and cloud forests at elevations of 1800 to 2300 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, arcuate, convex, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, obtuse-rounded, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on 1 to 2, erect, 4" [10 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence carrying simultaneously opening flowers

Synonyms Anathallis scariosa (Lex.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; *Dendrobium scariosum Lex. 1825; Humboltia scariosa (Lex.) Kuntze 1891; Specklinia scariosa (Lex.) Lindl. 1835

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 93 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia scariosa; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Anathallis scariosa; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 as Anathallis scariosa photo fide