Pleurothallis comayaguensis Ames 1936 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by © Rolando Jiménez Machorro


Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Comayagua Pleurothallis [A department of Honduras]

Flower Size .8" [2 mm]

Found in Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala and Comayagua department of Honduras in cloud forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, repent epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls with 1 thin, tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, prostrate, overlapping, broadly elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect to suberect, arising laterally from the ramicaul, congested, slender, .75" [1.8 cm] long including the .08 to .12" [2 to 3 mm] long peduncle, successively single, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescence with an oblique, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by minute, broadly elliptical, overlapping, prostrate leaves produced in masses by a creeping rhizome. The flower is borne successively in a congested raceme shrter than the leaf. The petals are proportionally large with a rounded, thickened apex with several cilia present on the margin. The lip is basaically similar to P barbulata and its relatives, oblong, ciliate, channeled medially and bilobulate at the base." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis comayaguensis (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Lankesteriana comayaguensis (Ames) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia comayaguensis (Ames) Luer 2006; Specklinia comayaguensis (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 4: 31 Ames 1936;

Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 drawing fide;

Miniature Orchids Northen 1980;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Icones Orchidacearum Part 1 Plate 88 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:248 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Anathallis comayaguensis;

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 comayaguensis;

Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Anathallis comayguensis;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevalia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia comayaguensis

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevalia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia comayaguensis drawing good;

Lankesteriana 12[3]: 327 Karremans 2014 as Lankestriana comayaguensis;

AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankestriana comayaguensis;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Lankestriana comayaguensis;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Lankestriana comayaguensis photo fide