Pleurothallis icterina [Bogarin] in ed. SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Photo by © Wiel Driessen

Common Name The Jaundiced Pleurothallis [refers to the yellow color of the flowers]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in premontane wet forest, rain forest transition and tropical wet forest premontane belt transition in secondary and primary vegetation, at elkevations of 500 to 920 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic to obovate, thick, coriaceous, acute, conduplicate, emarginate, with a short apiculus, cuneate below into the indistinct, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a racemose, distichous, glabrous, patent, erect to suberect, peduncle slender, filiform 2.28" [5.7 cm] long, rachis congested, appearing fasciculate, up to .72" [1.8 cm] long, 3" [7.5 cm] long overall, shorter than the leaves, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, conduplicate, membranaceous, tubular, imbricating, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts. .

"Specklinia icterina is readily distinguished by the immaculate yellow, ovate, acute sepals and petals, the oblong lip with the apex obtuse but often curved downward so appearing retuse or emarginate, basally yellowish with purple from the middle towards the apex, the green immaculate ovary and column and the white anther cap. Close relatives include P berolinensis, P condylata, P acoana and P vierlingii" Bogarin 2014

Synonyms *Specklinia icterina Bogarín 2014

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Lankesteriana 13[3]: 201 Bogarin 2014 as Specklinia icterina photo/drawing fide;

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