Pleurothallis simpliciglossa Loefgr. 1918 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Acuminatae Luer 1986

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium


Drawing by Helmut Seehauer

Full Shade Cool LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Simple Lipped Pleurothallis

Flower Size

Found in southern Brazil in wet primary forests at elevations of 1100 to 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 membraneous brown sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, stiff, olive-green, obovate, faintly conduplicate, finely attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms in the early winter and late spring on 1 to 2, erect, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, mostly simultaneously 6 flowered inflorescence

Similar to P campestris but P simpliciglossa is a larger plant, with coriaceous to at times fleshy leaves and even more the flowers that have the sepals and petals almost the same shape and form as in Pleurothallis sclerophylla and the lip is entirely linguaform without a trace of lobes , callosities or crests.

Synonyms Anathallis simpliciglossa (Loefgr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia simpliciglossa (Loefgr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 2: 50 Loefgr. 1918

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:250 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Anathallis simpliciglossa;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia simplicoglossa;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide