Pleurothallis suinii (Luer) comb. novo. Pfahl 2013 SUBGENUS Crocodeilanthe [Rchb.f & Warsc.]Luer 1986

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full Shade Cold LATESummerEARLY Fall

Common Name or Meaning Suin's Pleurothallis [Ecuadorian Collector of species current]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Azuay province f Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, fasciculate, stout ramicauls with a loose tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 to 3 loose, imbricating sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, congested, more or less secund, arising through an oblique spathe from an annulus below the abscission layer, 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, including the 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with a tubular, inflated, longer than the ovary floral bract.

Similar to P salpingantha but P suinii differs in the petiolate base leaf and the deeply connate sepals forming a tube that is constricted below the thickened apices.

Synonyms *Crocodeilanthe suinii Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Crocodeilanthe suinii;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Crocodeilanthe suinii drawing fide;

* Internet Orchid Species Photo Encyclopedia IOSPE Nomenclature Note 12/16/13 #6 Pfahl 2013;

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