Pleurothallis aryter Luer 1976 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Mentosae Luer 1986

Photo by Byron Rinke

Side View of Flower

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

TYPE Drawing

TYPE drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Ladle-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica, Antioquia department of Colombia, Huanuco departemnt of Huanuco department of Peru and Bolivia without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, shortly creeping epiphyte with suberect, stout, ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an erect to pendant, arising laterally from a node on the ramicaul, lax, subflexuous, .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long, successively 2 to 6 flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, much shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Broadly elliptical, short stemmed leaves are produced on a short, creeping rhizome. At intervals of time the short pendent raceme produces a single, ivory colored flower covered with minute specks of red purple. At the bottome of the stem, the large, concave synsepal is uppermost on the flower giving the appearance of a long-handled dipper." Luer 1976

Synonyms Anthereon aryter (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Pabstiella aryter (Luer) F.Barros 2002; Ronaldella aryter (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia aryter (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3(1-2): 54-56, f. 130 Luer 1976 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo fide;

Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16/4:252 Pridgeon & Chase 2001 as Anthereon aryter;

Bradea 8: 296 F Barros 2002 as Pabstiella aryter;

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 aryter;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevalia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Ronaldella aryter

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevalia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Ronaldella aryter drawing fide;

Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Pabstiella aryter photo fide

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