Pleurothallis sclerophylla Lindl. 1835-6 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae Lindley 1859

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Full ShadeWarm to Cold SpringSummer Fall

Common Name The Dry Leathery Leaf Pleurothallis

Flower Size 1/2" [1.2 cm]

A miniature to small sized, cold to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte that is found from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru as well as Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam and Brazil in wet montane forests and cloud forests at altitudes of 480 to 3100 meters with erect ramicauls carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong or oblanceolate, obtuse, petiolate leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an apical, racemose, to 12" [30 cm] long, longer than the leaves, several to many flowered inflorescence with the flowers held well above the leaf and having simultaneously opening, fragrant flowers.

Synonyms Anathallis sclerophylla (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Anathallis secunda Barb. Rodr. 1882; Humboldtia sclerophylla (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia stenopetala (Lodder ex Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia sclerophylla (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia stenopetala (Lodder ex Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis lamprophylla Schltr. 1918; Pleurothallis listrostachys Rchb. f. 1855; Pleurothallis ottonis Schltr 1929; Pleurothallis peregrina Ames 1923; Pleurothallis poasensis Ames 1922; Pleurothallis stenopetala Lodd. ex Lindl. 1838; Pleurothallis tricora Schltr. 1916; Pleurothallis triura Schltr. 1916; Pleurothallis urosepala Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Specklinia sclerophylla (Lindl.) Luer, Monogr 2004 ; Zosterophyllanthos stenopetalus (G.Lodd. ex Lindl.) Szlach. & Marg. 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as P listrostachys; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 P stenopetala; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as P stenopetala; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 as P stenopetala; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Scweinfurth 1970; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 10 1981 photo/drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 16 No 1 1983; Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 7 1996; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch Vol 1 2000 photo/drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Anathallis sclerophylla; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 9 2003 photo good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Macchu Picchu Orchids Eric Christenson 2003; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia sclerophylla; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing fide/photo good; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide as Anathallis sclerophylla; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castello Vol 2 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Anathallis sclerophylla drawing/photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Orqidelogia 2014 photo fide