Pleurothallis turrialbae Luer 1991 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Sylphia

Photo by A.P. Karremans

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade Cool Spring Fall

Common Name The Turrialba Volcano Pleurothallis [A Volcano in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica in cloud forests at elevations of 1680 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, arising laterally from the ramicaul, erect, .32 to .48" [.8 to 1.2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Similar to P fuegii var echinata but distinguished by the single flowered inflorescsnce, a shorter, densely echinate ovary, longer filiform tails of the sepals and a non-unguiculate lip." Luer 1991

"Distinguished by the narrowly elliptical leaves less than .8" [2 cm] long, borne by ramicauls less than .2" [5 mm] long, The p[eduncle is single flowered, about as longa sthe leaf. The ovary is densely long-papilose, with papillae extending forward onto the sepals. The cncave dorsal sepal is as broad as the leateral sepsl combined and all threeesepals are long-caudate. The petals are obiquely obtuse and single-veined. The lip is elliptical and shallowly shanneled centrally between low, intramarginal calli." Luer 2006

Synonyms Specklinia turrialbae (Luer) Luer 2004; Sylphia turrialbae (Luer) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 6(2): 105, 106-108, f. Luer, 1991 drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Pleurothallis subgenus Acianthera and Three Allied subgenera, A Second Century of new Species of Stelis of Ecuador, Epibator, Ophidion and Zootrophion Luer 2004 as Specklinia turrialbe;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsidertaion of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sylphia turrialbae

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsidertaion of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sylphia turrialbae drawing fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia turialve photo fide

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