Pleurothallis testifolia (Sw.) Lindl. 1858 SUBGENUS Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 1986 Photo by Karremans and The Epidendra Website

Another Flower Photo by David Morris and Clackamas Orchids.

Common Name The Brick-Red Leaf Pleurotallis

Flower Size 1/10" [2.5 mm]

Found in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Windwards, Surinam Venezuela and Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations of 825 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing unifoliate epiphyte with clustered, descending ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 papery, inflated sheaths and carrying a single apical, elliptical, subacute, green, brown blotched leaf that is cuneate into the petiole and blooms in the winter on an apical, short, single flowered inflorescence that is held close to the leaf base.

Synonyms Acianthera testifolia (Sw.) Solano 2011; Apoda-prorepentia testifolia (Sw.) Luer 2004; Cryptophorantus pectiantus Schlechter 1923; Cryptophoranthus sarcophyllus (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1919; Cymbidium testifolium Sw. 1806; *Epidendrum testifolium Sw. 1788; Humboldtia sarcophylla (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboldtia testifolia (Sw.) Kuntze?; Humboltia testifolia (Sw.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis helleriana L.O.Wms. 1964; Pleurothallis sarcophylla Rchb.f. 1855; Pleurothallis testifolia (Sw.) Lindl. 1858

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as P sarcophylla; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 277. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as Cryptophoranthus pectinatus; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 3 1970 as Cryptophoranthus sarcophyllus ; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 as Cryptophoranthus pectinatus; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as P testaefolia drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 1127 Dodson 1984 as P testaefolia drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Pleurothallis Vol 3 Luer 1986; Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Antilla testaefolia; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Apoduim-prorepentia testaefolia photo fide; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Icones Pleurothalidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as Apoda-Prorepentia testifolia; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing