Pleurothallis cuspidata Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Long-Pointed Petal Pleurothallis

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica, Chiriqui province of Panama, Putumayo department of Colombia and Pichincha province of Ecuador at elevations of 1500 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on an erect, arising laterally from the ramicaul, 2" [5 cm] long, loose, flexuous, successively single, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by densely caespitose, abbreviated secondary stems bearing obovate leaves. The sepals and petals of the relatively large, widely spread flowers are attenuated, the petals remarkedly so. The lip bespeaks an alliance with Pleurothallis barbulata which produce minute flowers in compact racemes or fascicles. Pleurothallis cuspidata is apparently more closely allied to the racemose P. abbreviata and P fractiflexa The former is a much smaller plant with less attenuate petals, and the latter is distinguished by pubescent petals." Luer 1977

Synonyms Anathallis cuspidata (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Lankesteriana cuspidata (Luer) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia cuspidata (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia cuspidata (Luer) Luer, Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Gard. 95: 260 (2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 3(3-4): 282-283, f. 241 Luer 1977 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidianarm Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Lindleyana 16(4): 258. (Ames) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001 as Anathallis cuspidata;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 photo 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 cuspidata;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia cuspidata

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia cuspidata drawing ok;

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

AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankesteriana cuspidata photo fide;

Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 as Lankesteriana cuspidata photo fide;

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

Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as Lankersteriana cuspidata photo fide;