Pleurothallis tarantula Luer & Hirtz 1996 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Flowers and leaf Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey, plant grown by Jim Hamilton of Petite Plaisance Orchids

Common Name The Spider-Like Flowered Pleurothallis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with stout to slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute t oobtuse, cuneate below intot he illdefined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, strict, congested, 3.2" [8 cm] long, more or less simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul and has an oblique acute floral bract.. Plant is 12 to 18" in height.

Synonyms Effusiella tarantula Luer 2007; Specklinia tarantula (Luer & Hirtz) Luer 2004; Stelis tarantula (Luer & Hirtz) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis tarantula; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia tarantula; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 3 2007 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Effusiella tarantula