Pleurothalis macayensis [A.Doucette] in ed. SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

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Plant and Flowers

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Plant and Flowers

TYPE Drawing by Alfonso Doucette


Common Name The Macaya Pleurothallis [ The name of the TYPE locality in Haiti]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Haiti on the Massif de Hotte at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, repent epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 papery sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptical, fleshy, tridenticulate at the apex, sparsely covered by minute bumps adaxially, smooth abaxially, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an ascending, filiform, glabrous peduncle, .44 to .96" [1.1 to 2.4 cm] long, successively single, 2 flowered inflorescence with tubular membraneous, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"The new species is similar to Pleurothallis wrightii but differs morphologically in the repent (v. subrepent to caespitose) growth habit, the apiculate sepals, obtuse (v. acuminate-truncate) apex of the lip, lacking globular calli on the column-foot, and the entire (v. erose) margin of the apex of the column, and molecularly based on a unique ITS sequence." Doucette 2016

Synonyms Specklinia macayensis A.Doucette 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytotaxa 275: 267 Doucette 2016 as Specklinia macayensis