Pleurothallis lewisiae Ames 1931 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

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Common Name or Meaning Lewis' Pleurothallis [Margaret Ward Lewis American Orchid Enthusiast and collector of species current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet forests at elevations of sea level to 750 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing, shortly repent epiphyte with reclining to ascending ramicauls enveloped by a muriculate, tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, more or less prostrate, overlapping, minutely subverrucose, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the later summer and fall on a slender, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, sublax, subsecund, to .4" [1 cm] long, successively 3 to 6 flowered inflorescence with acute, muriculate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Characterized by a long, creeping rhizome that produces a loose, hanging, mass of intertwined rhizomes and ramicauls. The ramicauls are short, the peaves are narrowly obovate, the inflorescence is a flexuous raceme of successive flowers that usually does not surpass the leaf. The sepals are narrowly acute, the petals are serrated and long-apiculate and the lip is minutely ciliate, oblong, with short obtuse, marginal angles below the middle and a thickened, minutely papillose apex." Luer 2006

Similar species include P rabei, P jamaicensis, P dalesandroi, P burzlaffiana and P sanchezii

Synonyms Anathallis lewisiae (Ames) Solano & Soto Arenas 2002 publ. 2003; Panmorphia lewisiae (Ames) Luer 2006; Specklinia lewisiae (Ames) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 44: 42. Ames 1931 drawing fide;

Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1952 drawing fide;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1114 Dodson 1984 drawing fide;

Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;

Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide;

Icones Orchidacearum Vol 5-6 Solano & Soto Arenas 2002-2003 as Anathallis lewisiae;

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 lewisiae;

Orchids of Mexico Hagsater, Soto, Salazar, Jimenez Lopez & Dressler 2005 as Anathallis lewisiae;

Icones pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia lewisae

Icones pleurothallidianrum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia lewisae drawing fide;

Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 5 Morales 2009 photo fide;

Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 as Anathallis lewisiae photos fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Anathallis lewisiae;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Anathallis lewisae photo fide