Pleurothallis fractiflexa Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by Daniel Jimenez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

HOLOTYPE and Drawing

HOLOTYPE and Drawing by Oakes Ames & C Schweinfurth


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Fractiflex Pleurothallis [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Heridia province of Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to narrowly ovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and winter on a arising laterally from the ramicaul, loose, flexuous, distichous, successively single, many flowered inflorescence and has an oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Allied to P casualis but differs in the relatively long inflorescence, longer, narrower lateral sepals and petals and disimilar lip. Vegetatively it resembles P quinquesta.

Synonyms Anathallis corynophora (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Anathallis fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2009; Lankesteriana fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2006; Pleurothallis corynophora Luer 1984; Specklinia fractiflexa (Ames & C.Schweinf.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Schedul. Orch. 10: 26-27 Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930;

Phytologia 55: 201. Luer & Vasquez 1984 as P corynophora;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986 as P corynophora;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:248 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase2001 as Ananthallis corynophora;

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 fractiflexa;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematis of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia fractiflexa

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematis of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia fractiflexa drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Systematics of Stelis of Ecuador 4 Luer 2009 as Anathallis fractiflexa;

LANKESTERIANA 13(3): 319332 Kerremans 2014 as Lankesteriana fractiflexa;

AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankestriana fractiflexa photo fide;

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

Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 sa Lankesteriana fractiflexa photo fide; fide