Pleurothallis muscosa Barb.Rodr. 1877 SUBGEN Arthrosia Luer 1986


Plant and Flowers

Photos courtesy of Luiz Filipe Varella.


Drawing by Cogniaux


Drawing by Pabst

Common Name The Fly-Like Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil and northern Argentina as a mini-miniature sized, repent epiphyte with erect to ascending, slightly flexuous, purplish ramciausl carrying a single , apical, erect, rigid,subplanate, intense green above with dark purple spotting, milky green beneath, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a basal sheath, filiform, terete, purplish, ereect to slightly flexuous, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, successively 3 to 4, several flowered inflorescence with as long as to, just shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms Acianthera muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Lepanthes muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr. 1881; Specklinia muscosa (Barb.Rodr.) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Gen. Spec. Orchid. 1: 7 Barb Rodr1877

Gen. Spec. Orchid. 2: 43 Barb Rodr 1881 as Lepanthes muscosa;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:403 Martius, Cogniaux 1896 drawing fide;

Flora Brasiliensis Vol III Part 4:Tab84 Martius, Cogniaux 1896

Arch. Inst. Biol. (São Paulo) 2: 12 Hoehne 1929 as P muscosa var parviflora;

Orchidaceae Brasilense Dungs & Pabst 1975 drawing fide;

Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4:245 Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001 as Acianthera muscosa;

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 muscosa

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