Pleurothallis aristulata Lindl.1859 SUBGENUS Acuminatia SECTION Acuminatae Luer 1986

Photo by © Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Plant and Flowers

Photo by © Oliver Lenhard


Drawing by © Chiron & Bolsanello

Full shade Hot Cool

Common Name or Meaning The Spiked Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo states of Brazil at elevations of 200 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing, repent epiphyte with a cylindrical, erect, ramicaul with a single, tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, lanceolate, obtuse, imperceptively tridentate apically, laongly attenuate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms on a single, filiform, .6 to 1" " [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence.

"Anathallis aristulata is characterized by the short ramicauls, fleshy leaves that vary in consistency depending on the amount of sun avaiable, a short, lax inflorescence carrying 2 simultaneous, yellow flowers." Santos, Toscano and Smidt 2019

Many authors include P crebrifolia, P montipelladensis and P ourobranquensis as Synonyms of this species, I have left them separate for now.

Synonyms Anathallis aristulata (Lindl.) Luer 2007; Specklinia aristulata (Lindl.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 9: 41 Lindley 1859;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 561 Martius, Cogniaux 1893 as P aristula;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

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 aristulata;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as Anathallis aristulata;

Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castello Vol 2 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 as Anathallis aristulata drawing/good;

Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 39–68 2015,© NEW SPECIES AND NOMENCLATURAL NOTES IN THEPLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) FROM BRAZIL Luer & Toscano 2015 as Anathallis aristula Drawing fide;

Rodriguésia 70: e02722017 Anathallis (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) no estado do Paraná, Brasil Santos, Toscano and Smidt 2019 Drawing/photo fide;