Pleurothallis tortilis Luer & R.Escobar 1981 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842 Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Twisted Pleurothallis [refers to the petiole]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in western Colombia and northern Ecuador at elevations around 2500 to 3300 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the channeled, twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through fall on 1 to 6, loose, secund, to 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising behind the leaf through a spathe from the apex of the ramicaul below the abscission layer.

Synonyms Effusiella tortilis (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2007; Specklinia tortilis (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004; Stelis tortilis (Luer & R.Escobar) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; *Orquideología 14(2): 180 Luer and Excobar 1981 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide;