Pleurothallis grisebachiana Cogn. 1909 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Photo by Julio Larramendi

Drawing

Drawing by Hagen Stenzel and Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles

EARLY

Common Name Grisebach's Pleurothallis [German Botanist and Collector in West Indies 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Oriente, Holguin and Santa Clara provinces of Cuba and Bahorona province of the Dominican Republic shady and humid conditions in vegetation of the mogotes, gallery forests, montane rainforests, mesophyllous evergreen rainforests and secondary forests (cupeyales) from 300 to 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte or lithophyte with very short, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, slightly thickened, narrowly spathulate, obtuse, minutely tridentate, glabrous; margin entire or slightly erose in the upper part, base narrowly attenuate to the base leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter on a a terminal, subtended at the base by an ovate sheath of .02" .5 mm in length; and arising through an annulus, racemose, ascending, solitary, .2 to .6" [.5-1.5 cm] long, 2 to 5(-10) flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

" Part of the P grobyi/picta Alliance and characterized by the small habit and flowers. The leaves are narrowly elliptical and usually less than .24" [6 mm] long,. The capillary peduncle, longer than the leves, bears a flexuous, successively flowered raceme. The dorsal sepal is acute, the laterals connate to near the apices. The petals are narrowly acute and the callous oblong lip is similar. The cilia of the lip vary from microscopic on the type flower to long, as in the former P bleparoglossa. The calli on the column foot, so prominent in P grobyi are reduced to small areas of minimal thickening. P schaeferi is also similar but it has shorter, 2 to 3 flowered racemes, nearly free lateral sepals and a glabrous lip." Luer 2006

Synonyms Pleurothallis blepharoglossa Luer 1999; Specklinia blepharoglossa (Luer) Luer 2004; Specklinia grisebachiana (Cogn.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Symb. Antill. 6: 409 Cogniaux 1909;

Catologo Descriptivo de Las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987;

Lindleyana 14: 111 Luer 1999 as P blepharoglossa

Systematics and evolution of the genus Pleurothallis R. Br. (Orchidaceae) in the Greater Antilles Hagen Stenzel 2004 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 as Specklinia blepharoglossa;

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 grisebachiana;

Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005 as Specklinia grisebachiana photo fide;

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

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Specklinia grisebachiana drawing fide;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia grisebachiana photo fide

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