Pleurothallis lingua Lindl. 1842 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

photos by Gabi's Orchideen and her Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Helmut Seehawer


Common Name The Tongue Pleurothallis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Rio de Janiero state of eastern Brazil at elevations of 700 to 1200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular, membraneous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-lanceolate, faintly conduplicate, light green attenuate into the base leaf that blooms in the spring through fall on a .12" to .2" [3 to 5 mm] long, single to 2 flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Humboltia lingua (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pabstiella lingua (Lindl.) Luer 2007; Specklinia lingua (Lindl.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Edwards's Bot. Reg. 28(Misc.): 80 Lindley 1842;

Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 667 Kuntz 1891 as Humboltia lingua;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:480 Martius, Cogniaux 1896;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

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 lingua

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX A Third Century of Stelis of Ecuador Systematics of Apoda-Prorepentia Luer 2007 as Pabstiella lingua;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and Its Orchids Miller, Warren, Miller and Seehawer 2008 drawing fide;