Pleurothallis tempestalis Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Roofed Pleurothallis [refers to the margins of the lip appearing as a roof]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador in dwarf forests at elevations around 2600 to 2850 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, short ribbed sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, loose, flexuous, flexible, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long including the .4 to 8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, sucessively several flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul.

Synonyms Muscarella tempestalis (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia tempestalis (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella tempestalis drawing fide