Pleurothallis fuegi Rchb.f. 1866 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Sylphia

Photos by Mario Velasquez and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Rchb.f

Drawing of P fuegii and what was P hagsateri

Drawings by Carl Luer

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Common Name The Fuego Volcano Pleurothallis [Guatemalan Volcano]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Veracruz, Guerero and Chiapas states of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Panama on mossy trees in wet cloud forests at elevations of 1000 to 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the ill defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an erect, lateral, more or less arching, loose, secund to distichous, to 2.8" [7 cm] overall, rachis to 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Characterized by the small leaves borne in a tuft by abbreviated ramicauls. The loose, successively flowered raceme of pale, greenish flowers far surpasses the leaf. The apices of the epals are contracted into short, slender but sometimes thickened tails. The petals are small and obtuse and the margins of the lip are erect and rounded above the lower third above a broad claw. The ovary is costate with the carinae varying from smooth, slightly irregular, coarsely irregular to distinctly verrucose. The variety with thickened tails was originally described as P hagsateri." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis fuegi (Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Humboltia fuegi (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis fuegi var. echinata L.O.Williams 1946; Pleurothallis hagsateri Luer 1977; Specklinia echinata (L.O.Williams) Soto Arenas & Solano 2002 publ. 2003; Specklinia fuegi (Rchb.f.) Solano & Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003; Sylphia fuegi (Rchb.f.) Luer 2006

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Beitr. Orchid.-K. C. Amer. 9798, t. 10, f. 1115. Rchb. f. 1866 Drawing fide;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 667 Kuntze 1891 as Humboltia fuegii;

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as P fuegii var echinata;

The Orchids of Guatemala Ames & Correll 1952;

Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide;

Orquidea (Mexico City), n.s., 6: 168 Hagsater 1977 as P hagsateri;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1099 Hamer 1984 drawing fide;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1253 Hamer 1985 as P fuegii var echinata drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide;

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

Icon. Orchid. (Mexico) 5-6: t. 670 (L.O. Williams) Soto Arenas & R. Solano, 2003 as Specklinia echinata drawing fide;

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sylphia fuegii

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sylphia fuegii Drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Sylphia fuegii var echinata [P hagsateri] drawing fide;

Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 as Specklinia fuegii photo fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Specklinia fuegii photo fide

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklnia fuegii photo fide