Pleurothallis mentigera Kraenzl. 1911 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Mentosae Luer 1986

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Common Name The Chin-Bearing Pleurothallis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Parana state of Brazil in primary forests on tree trunks at elevations around 900 to 1000 meters as a minature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with a short ramicaul carrying a single, apical, subcoriaceous, twice to three times longer than the ramicaul, lanceoalte, acute, biapiculate, margin slightly thickened, that blooms in the late spring on a short, apical, capillary, successively single, two flowered inflorescence with an acute, brownish, shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

CAUTION I have no way of verifying this determination so please use with caution

Kew has this species as a synonym of Pleurothallis calcarata, but I have left them separate for now.

Synonyms Pabstiella mentigera (Kraenzl.) L.Kollmann 2010; Pleurothallis magnicalcarata Loefgr. 1918; Specklinia mentigera (Kraenzl.) F.Barros & Barberena 2010

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Kongl. Svenska Vetensk. Acad. Handl., n.f., 46(10): 50 Kraenzl. 1911;

Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 2: 51 Loefgren 1918 as P magnicalcarata;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Candollea 65: 96 Kollmann 2010 as Pabstiella mentigera;

Rodriguésia 61: 130 F Barros & Baberena 2010 as Specklinia mentigera;