Pleurothallis wawraeana Barb.Rodr. 1881 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Effusae Lindl. 1842

Plant and Flower in situ

Photo By G Chiron, Courtesy of Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria


Drawing by Cogniaux

Full shade Warm Winter

Common Name or Meaning Wawra's Pleurothallis [Czech Orchid Collector in Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil in montane forests at elevations of 400 to 600 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, shortly repent epiphyte with a short, erect to ascending, suberect to quite flexuous, cylindrical, pale green ramicaul carrying a single, apical, erect, somewhat recurved, rigid, almost flat, intenese green on both sides especially above, median nerve above deeply grooved, below very prominent leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through an arching, very laterally compressed, pale brown spathe, peduncle 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, shorter than the leaf, filiform, flexous below, somewhat fractiflex above, smooth, successsively several, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescnece carrying hyaline, pale whitish-yellow flowers.

Synonyms Acianthera wawraeana (Barb.Rodr.) F.Barros & V.T.Rodrigues 2009;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Gen. Sp. Orchid. 2: 46. Barb.Rodr. 1882;

Flora Brasilensis Vol III Part 4:420 C F P von Martius Cogniaux 1893

Flora Brasilensis Vol III Part 4:tab89 C F P von Martius Cogniaux 1893 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;