Pleurothallis montipelladensis Hoehne 1929 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Hymenodanthae SUBSECTION Longicaulae [Barb. Rodr.] Luer 1986

Photo by Luis Renato and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another Plant and Flower?

Photo by Toscano de Brito


Drawing by Helmut Seehawer

Part Shade Cool WinterSpring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Montepella Pleurothallis [Refers to the mountain where it was first collected Morro Pelado]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Bahia and Sao Paulo States of Brazil on Velloziaceae on rocky slopes at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte or lithophyte in shade or sun with a reduced ramicaul carrying a single, apically fleshy, almost orbicular to subcylindrical to flat, elliptic or spathulate, green to yellowish leaves that can bloom at most ant time of the year on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, 1 to 3 flowered, racemose inflorescence.

CAUTION I have no real way to verify this determination. Of the 2 references that I have Seehawer has the plant as erect, relatively elongate, .32 to .6" [8 to 15 mm] long ramicaul and an obovate leaf with 2 to 4 flowers on a slightly fractiflex inflorescence. De Brito and Cribb have the plant with a very short ramicaul [3 mm] carrying orbicular to subcylindrical leaves and blooms on a 1" [2.5 cm] long, 1 to rarely 2 flowered inflorescence. The first photo above is closer to Seehawer's description. The second photo is de Britos & Cribbs photo. Totally different. I need Hoehne's original description!

Many authors include P crebrifolia, P montipelladensis and P ourobranquensis as Synonyms of P aristulata, I have left them separate for now.

Synonyms Anathallis montipelladensis (Hoehne) F.Barros 2002; Specklinia montepelladensis (Hoehne) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Arch. Inst. Biol. Defesa Agric. 2: 36 Hoehne 1929;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm;

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

Bradea 8: 295 F Barros 2002 as Anathallis montipeladensis;

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 montepelladensis;

Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 drawing/photofide to saecond photo;

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


Rodriguésia 70: e02722017 Anathallis (Orchidaceae: Pleurothallidinae) no estado do Paraná, Brasil Santos, Toscano and Smidt 2019 as a synonym of Anathallis aristulata