Pleurothallis mitchellii Dod 1984 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Mikael Karlbom and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Common Name or Meaning Mitchell's Pleurothallis [American orchid enthusiast in Haiti]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in the Dominican Republic and Haiti at elevations around 950 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellipitcal, subacute to obtuse, microscopically erose, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicau, distichous, .6" [1.5 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, loose, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with an oblique, acute, just shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Very similar to P curtisii but differs in the shorter peduncles and the shorter, loose, successively flowered raceme. The sepals are quite similar, the petals are proportionally narrower and the erose margins are merely microscopic. The ciliated margins of the lip are limited tothe middle third and the disc is occupied by a longitudinal pair of calli that uite above a shortly unguiculate base." Luer 2006

Part of the Pleurothallis grobyi-picta alliance.

Synonyms Anathallis mitchellii (Dod) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia mitchellii (Dod) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Moscosoa 3: 107 Dod 1984 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:249 Pridgeon and Chase 2001 as Acianthera mitchelii;

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 mitchelii;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Specklinia mitchelii

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Specklinia mitchelii drawing fide;

Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Specklinia mitchelii photo fide

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