Pleurothallis ferdinandiana (Barb.Rodr.) Cogn 1896 SUBGENUS Effusae Luer 2000

Photo courtesy of © Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium


Drawing by Helena Ignowski and Rodriguésia 70: e02722017 Anathallis (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) no estado do Paraná, Brasil Santos, Toscano and Smidt 2019


Common Name or Meaning Ferdinand's Pleurothallis [Archduke Maximillian, Later Emporer of Mexico, Visited Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Rio de Janiero, Parana' and Rio Grande do Sul states of Brazil at elevations of 1100 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 brown sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, leathery, olive green, conduplicate, finely attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on 1 to 2, arising through a spathe, erect, 3.2" [8 cm] long, to 10 flowered inflorescnece with shorter to longer than the ovary floral bracts.

This species is easily recognized among the others present in Paraná, through the obovate leaves, the lax inflorescence, the yellow flowers, the petals much smaller than the sepals, with the vinous central and longitudinal region and the labellum provided with two calluses more or less parallel, pubescent, and located in the basal third.

Synonyms Anathallis ferdinandiana (Barb.Rodr.) F.Barros 2003; Anathallis ypirangae (Kraenzl.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; *Lepanthes ferdinandiana Barb.Rodr. 1881; Pleurothallis ypirangae Kraenzl. 1911; Specklinia ypirangae (Kraenzl.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Gen. Spec. Orchid. 2: 64 Barb Rodr. 1881 as Lepanthes ferdiniana;

* Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:488 Martius 1896 drawing fide;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:tab 116 Martius 1896

Kongl. Svenska Vetensk. Acad. Handl., n.f., 46(10): 50 Kraenzl. 1911 as P ypirangae;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as P ypirangae drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XVIII Systematics of Pleurothallis subsection Antenniferae, Longiracemosae, Macrophyllae-Racemosae and Subgenera Pseudsostelis and Acuminata Luer 1999 as P ypirangae;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:251 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Anathallis ypirangae;

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 ypirangae;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide;

Rodriguésia 70: e02722017 Anathallis (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) no estado do Paraná, Brasil Santos, Toscano and Smidt 2019 as Anathallis fernandiana drawing fide