Pleurothallis luteola Lindl. 1841 SUBGENUS Acianthera SECTION Sicariae SUBSECTION Sicariae Luer 1986

Photo courtesy of Americo Docha Neto

Flower Closeup

Photo by Luiz Filipe Varella


Photo by Pablo Naumann

Plant in situ Sao Paulo Brazil

Photo by Ismael Nilton Vischi


Drawing by Pabst

Full Shade Cool spring THROUGHSummer

Common Name The Pale Yellow Pleurothallis

Flower Size .1" [.25 cm]

Found in Rio de Janiero and Minas Gerais states of Brazil, in cloud forests along river banks at elevations of 1100 to 1400 meters as a miniature sized, caespitose, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly-ovate-cordate, acute, abruptly narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through summer on 1 to 2, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, short, .6" [1.5 cm] long, simultaneously 1 to 4 flowered inflorescence . New inflorescence can occur for years out of the same leaf.

Synonyms Acianthera luteola (Lindl.) Pridgeon & M.W. Chase 2001; Humboldtia fragilis (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Pleurothallis caespitosa Barb. Rodr. 1877; Pleurothallis caespitosa var. chrysantha Barb.Rodr. 1877; Pleurothallis caespitosa var. monantha Barb.Rodr. 1896; Pleurothallis fragilis Lindl. 1841; Pleurothallis subcordifolia Cogn. 1906; Specklinia luteola (Lindl.) F.Barros 1983 publ. 1984

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Edwards's Bot. Reg. 27(Misc.): 1 Lindley 1841;

Hoehnea 10: 110 F Barros 1983 publ. 1984 as Specklinia luteola;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:417 Martius, Cogniaux 1893 as a synonym of P fragilis;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 photo good;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:244 Pridgeon & M.W. Chase2001 as Acianthera luteola;

100 Orquideas Argentinas Freuler 2005 photo fide;

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

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as Acianthera luteola photo fide;