Pleurothallis muricaudata Luer 1982 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscosae Lindl. 1842

Photo by Sebastian Viera Uribe

Plant and Flowers

Photo by and Marta Kolanowska and Orquideologia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria

Common Name The Pointy Tailed Pleurothallis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia in premontane wet forests at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect then arching, arising laterally from the ramicaul, loose, subflexuous, 2" [5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence with just shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by the lax, flexuous, successively flowered raceme that far surpasses the leaves. The sepals are minutely pubescent. The petals are contracted from the middle into a filiform, pubescent tail. The lip is oblong-subpandurate and ciliate with a pair of calli that diverge in the middle to create a central cavity. The edges of the apex of the lip may or may not recurve into a short, tubular tip." Luer 2006

Synonyms Anathallis muricaudata (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Lankesteriana muricaudata (Luer) Karremans 2014; Panmorphia muricaudata (Luer) Luer 2006; Specklinia muricaudata (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 7: 119 Luer 1982

Icones Pleurothallidinarum III Systematics of Pleurothallis Luer 1986;

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

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 muricaudata;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia muricaudata

Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006 as Panmorphia muricaudata drawing fide;

Orquideologia vol 28 #1 2011 as Anathallis muricaudata drawing/photo fide;

An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 as Anathallis muricaudata drawing/photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 13(3): 319332 Kerremans 2014 as Lankesteriana muricaudata;

AOS Bulletin Vol 84 #5 2015 as Lankestriana muricaudata photo fide;

Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Lankesteriana muricaudata photo fide;

Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as Lankesteriana muricaudataphoto fide